MOORHEAD, Minn. -- State and federal disaster officials urge Minnesota residents along the swollen Red River to remain vigilant as it prepares for a second crest within the next week.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials encourage residents to continue monitoring weather reports and remain cautious.
In addition, residents should:
Heed all local warnings. Listen to news and directions from their local and state officials. If told to evacuate, do so.
Have a family disaster plan. Identify evacuation routes and a site away from the disaster area where family members can meet.
Even if you haven't been affected by past flooding, you still need to be prepared.
Disaster officials suggest having "go kits," that include a battery-powered radio, nonperishable food, bottled water, a flashlight with extra batteries and essential prescription medicine.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.