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FEMA Releases Flood Insurance Advice

In light of severe flooding across Missouri this past week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released important information for flood victims. KSMU's Megan Keathley has more.

As part of their FloodSmart campaign, FEMA advises those with flood damage to boil their drinking water, prevent mold, and beware of structural hazards within their homes or businesses. The agency also gives advice on filing flood insurance claims. FEMA recommends that flood victims have the name of their insurance company, their policy number, and their phone number ready when they call to file a claim. Other tips include taking pictures and making a list of damaged property, so that your adjuster has evidence with which to prepare an estimate.

Crystal Payton is a public relations officer for FEMA Region number 7, based in Kansas City. She says that too many people take the damaging powers of water for granted, and too few invest in necessary flood insurance.

Payton says now is the time to invest in a flood insurance policy, as the rainy spring season has barely begun and coverage on many policies doesn't begin for 30 days following the purchase. For more information, visit FloodSmart.gov.

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  • more FEMA tips