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March 13, 2009

Department prepares for Flood Safety Awareness Week

Jefferson City, Mo. - Floods are consistently the most common, costly and deadly natural disaster Americans face each year.  Approximately ninety percent of all natural disasters in the nation involve flooding and Missouri residents cannot afford to ignore this threat.  Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 16-20, 2009), is a perfect time to consider local flood risks and learn important information about steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.   

 Missouri residents know firsthand how devastating a flood can be.  In the summer of 2008, the Midwest was hit hard by heavy rains that lasted for several weeks and led to severe flooding in the region, said John Huff, Director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration.  The floodwaters ravaged the agricultural sector leaving thousands homeless and taking the lives of a dozen people.

 The Department gives the following tips to Missourians as we prepare for the spring flooding season:

Before the flood:

After the flood:

 Tips for the future:

In partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the NFIP has developed a Web page featuring an interactive map depicting historical information about how floods have impacted millions of Americans in recent years.  The site also provides tools and resources for understanding your risk and knowing what to do: before a flood, during a flood, and after a flood.  To learn more about Flood Safety Awareness Week and to utilize these resources, visit the Floodsmart.gov Web site.

Missouri consumers with questions about flood and homeowners insurance may call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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