September is National Preparedness Month - Photo of an Emergency Preparedness Kit in a Blue Container

National Preparedness Month Tips of the Day

There are a few simple steps you and your family can take to become better prepared for an emergency: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved. This September, during National Preparedness Month, please follow these "Tips of the Day" from the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help you and your family get started today!

9/24 Tip Of The Day - Floods - even shallow water - can be deadly

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human hardship and economic loss. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding drought) is caused by floods and associated debris flow.

Regardless of how a flood occurs, the rule for being safe is simple: Head for higher ground and stay away from floodwater. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving floodwater produces more force than most people think. To learn how to prepare for a flood, visit Ready Floods page. To find out if you live in a floodplain and to learn information about flood insurance, visit Department of Homeland Security