Six things to know before a disaster strikes.

In the past 10 years, The United States has officially declared over 1,000 of them. And over the last century, more than 25 million Americans have been affected. And that’s not including disasters declared at the state and local level. And, in the Fall of 2017, alone, three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – were estimated to have impacted 25.8 million Americans. Chances are, one day you’ll be affected. Planning now means you’ll have better control of the situation.

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Communities in Texas and Oklahoma Respond to Severe Springtime Flooding

In May 2015, Texas and Oklahoma experienced significant rainfall that resulted in severe flooding in many communities across the southern plains. Two of those communities, Denton County, Texas and Bixby, Oklahoma, shared their stories about how their CERT programs responded to local flooding. Many communities in Denton County, which is in northeastern Texas, are located near bodies of water that have a tendency to flood after heavy rainfall. “We have people who love to live in the rural areas because the creeks are beautiful, but when they flood, it’s not so pretty,” said Denton County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator Brenda Gormley.

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Flooding — Be Smart. Know Your Hazard

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. For more information, download the How to Prepare for a Flood guide, which provides the basics of floods, explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that…

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