As heavy rains, storms and flooding continue to impact several states throughout the Midwest, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region V office continues to monitor the situation and urges all residents to remain vigilant especially for potential power outages, rising flood waters and dangerous road conditions as a result of the severe weather.
FEMA Region V has maintained close contact with state emergency management officials, and continues to work with federal partners, including the National Weather Service, to monitor the severe weather moving through the Midwest. The National Weather Service forecasts another line of thunderstorms to develop over western parts of Minnesota today that will move eastward into western Wisconsin. The threat will be heavy rain, damaging wind, large hail and the potential for flash flooding.
When natural disasters, such as severe storms and flooding occur, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations and the private sector who provide emergency assistance that may be needed to protect the public's health and safety and to meet immediate needs.
FEMA encourages those in the areas affected or potentially affected by these storm systems to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information, and to follow the instructions of state, tribal and local officials.
Residents whose homes are impacted by wind or flood damage should:
• Document damages and keep track of expenses incurred;
• Contact their insurance company to report damage/file a claim;
• If flooding has occurred and it is safe to do so, take action to limit the damage to personal items such as remove them from the basement or raise them off the floor.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to get prepared for severe weather. Visit www.ready.gov or listo.gov to learn more about how to be better prepared.