After wildfires comes the flooding

EMILY AFTER WILDFIRES OFTEN COMES THE FLOODING. FLOODING IS ACTUALLY THE MOST COMMON NATURAL DISASTER IN UTAH. AND AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF UTAHNS AREN’T READY IN CASE DISASTER STRIKES. ABC4’S BRITTANY JOHNSON IS LIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY TONIGHT TO EXPLAIN. BRITTANY Flooding after a wildfire is a one- two punch. The burn scars, can pose flood dangers to homes for 5-10 years. Even the slightest amount of rain can lead to devastating flash flooding and mudflows. And an overwhelming amount of Utahns aren’t even prepared. Hurricane Dorian tormenting the Bahamas. Expected to move dangerously close to the Florida coast. Here in Utah, wildfires. The Gun Range Fire burning and damaging multiple homes in Bountiful before reaching full containment. Emergency management saying – the worst could be yet to come. Kathy Holder, Division of Emergency Management Our fire season is going longer and longer. And after wildfires comes flooding. It’s the most common natural disaster in Utah, yet 97 percent of homeowners and renters in the state don’t have proper flood coverage. Kathy Holder, Division of Emergency Management Not just flood insurance, but also looking at earthquake insurance. Those policies can really save you in a difficult time. Kath Holder says, even if your home wasn’t directly impacted by a wildfire, you are at increased risk of flooding. Kathy Holder, Division of Emergency Management The water will go anywhere. So if you’re living down mountain, down stream, of any of those burn scars, then you need to be looking at how you can mitigate that risk. The Division of Emergency Management says right now – the beginning of national preparedness month – is a good time to make sure you’re ready in case any sort of disaster strikes. You can do things like.. Have an emergency plan Prepare medications and supplies Gather important documents And either make or buy 72 hour survival for each family member. Kathy Holder, Division of Emergency Management Looking at your evacuation routes, you need to look and find out where you’re going to all meet if you’re in different places, is there a general person you are going to contact? And also remember texting could be your best option as phone lines could be busy. [A15]PREPARE FOR EVACUATION 10-LIVE BRITTANY FEMA makes it a little easier for homeowners to make a flood insurance claim if they get a policy within 60 days of a wildfire reaching full containment. Details on that, and more tips on how you can prepare, are on Live in SALT LAKE CITY, Brittany Johnson, ABC4 News.

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