Flood Prep Week


FLOODS ARE THE NUMBER ONE NATURAL DISASTERS. ABSOLUTELY. MARIANNE’S FOUND OUT HOW FOOEM AFFECTED BY THOSE FIRES CAN PREPARE. THAT’S RIGHT. IT’S FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK. THIS IS MIKE MIRSA HE’S THE LEAD MANAGER FOR THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES. GREAT TIME TO THINK ABOUT FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WHEN IT’S NOT RAINING. I DIDN’T REALIZE IT’S A NUMBER ONE NATURAL DISASTER IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS. AND IT’S MOSTLY DROWNING DEATHS THAT ASSOCIATED WITH FLOODING. AND SO IT’S A GOOD TIME TO THINK ABOUT AND ONE OF THE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT IS FLOOD INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY. YEAH, AND WHAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS TYPICALLY THERE’S A 30-DAY WAITING PERIOD BEFORE IT STARTS COVERING YOUR PROPERTY. HERE WE ARE COMING UP ON THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER YOU WOULDN’T EVEN BE PROTECTED UNTIL AROUND THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER. THAT’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AS WE TALK ABOUT THE DISASTERS WE FACE IN CALIFORNIA WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FLOODING AND THE — AND FLOODING CAN HAPPEN — WE’VE SEEN IT IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE STATES SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE THE LAST 22 YEARS. 1 YEAR IT WAS REALLY CONCENTRATED UP IN THE FEATHER RIVER AREA. THAT’S TRUE. YES, IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THIS PAST YEAR IN ADDITION TO THE FLOODING THAT WAS HAPPENING MORE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA THERE WERE FLOOD EVENTS ALSO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. DEFINITELY. YOU ALSO WERE MENTIONING TO ME THE OTHER DAY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE WILD FIRE AND THAT PRESENTS KIND OF A SPECIAL SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN IT COMES TO FLOOD AND RAIN SYSTEM. TELL US ABOUT THOSE. AFTER YOU HAVE A FIRE COME THROUGH ALL OF THE LOSS, THE VEGETATION MEANS THAT THE WATER SHED ITSELF CAN BE FLASHIER. THE FLOOD RESPONSE CAN BE QUICKER AND IT CAN START CARRYING DEBRIS. HERE YOU’VE GOT THE PEOPLE DEALING WITH THIS HORRIBLE DISASTER AND NOW THEY’VE GOT TO THINK ABOUT THE PROPERTY. THE RISK IS ACTUALLY INCREASED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. NOW I SAW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT THERE CAN BE, IS THAT 30-DAY WAIT OF FLOOD INSURANCE WAVED FOR BURN, FOR PLACES THAT HAVE BURN SCARS AFTER A WILD FIRE IN SOME CASES, HOW DOES THAT WORK. THERE ARE A FEW CASES WHERE THAT 30-DAY PERIOD IS WAVED BUT YOU HAVE TO BE ON FEDERAL LAND THAT HAS BEEN DECLARED A BURN AREA. SO FOR MOST OF THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS YOU STILL HAVE THAT 30-DAY PERIOD. I KNOW THAT THE FLOOD RISK IS HIGHER FOR WILD FIRE AREAS FOR QUITE SOME TIME. YES, IT USUALLY TAKES WATER SHED THREE TO FIVE YEARS TO RECOVER. FORTUNATELY THAT RECOVERY IN THE WATER SHED WILL BE A NATURAL PROCESS. OKAY. AND AS FAR AS LOCALIZED FLOODING AND HOMEOWNERS HOW CAN PEOPLE PREPARE FOR FLOOD EVENS. SO THERE’S THREE THINGS WE ASK HOMEOWNERS TO DO. THE FIRST THING IS TO BUY FLOOD INSURANCE. THE SECOND THING IS PLAN FOR EVACUATION. WHAT IS YOUR EVACUATION ROUTE. AND THEN FINALLY TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT. NOW AROUND THE HOUSE THERE’S SOME SIMPLE THINGS THAT THIS IS A PERFECT TIME OF YEAR TO GO THROUGH AND DO TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. FIRST, CLEANING YOUR GUTTERS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IF IF YOUR GUTTER’S OVER TOP. THE SECOND THING YOU CAN DO IN ANTICIPATION OF A FLOOD OR A STORM EVENT IS TO GO THROUGH AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND SEE IF THERE ARE SANDBAGS THAT ARE DISTRIBUTED. SANDBAGS DON’T NEED TO BE FILLED WITH SAND. YOU CAN USE DIRT. ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS A SHOVEL AND SOME DIRT AND THE IDEA IS TO PROTECT LITTLE AREAS FOR THE HOUSE. LIKE YOUR GARAGE DOOR. SOME OF THE DOORS COMING INTO YOUR HOUSE. YOU DON’T NEED TO PROTECT YOUR ENTIRE PROPERTY AND THE GOAL IS TO MOVE THE WATER BACK INTO THE STREETS. GOOD TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT NOW WHEN WE’VE SAID IT’S NOT RAINING BECAUSE THOSE RAINS ARE COMING. WE WANT TO HAVE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF RAIN. AT THE RIGHT TIME. THAT’S RIGHT. THANKS SO MUCH. WITH THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT

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