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Page 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS .WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 WASHINGTON-- U.S. Sen- ator Heidi Heitkamp pressed a key Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) leader on March 14 On the importance of securing flood I.evy protections in Drayton - which helps protect NorthDako- ta communities in Devils Lake, Grafton, and Grand Forks and other regions - during the height of the state's flood season. During a hearingin the Senate Committee on Banking, Hous- ing, & Urban Affairs, Heitkamp questioned FEMA Deputy Asso- ciate Administrator fbr Insurance Mitigation Roy Wright about how he plans to urgently work to help mitigate the potential impact ma- jor flooding could have on north- eastern North Dakota by extend- ing the Drayton levee project which helps protect the area. Last month, Heitkamp sat down with local leaders and emergency re- sponse teams in Drayton to discuss the best methods to prepare the northeast region of the state for major flooding expected this spring. Just days after that meet- ing, Heitkamp spoke with Wright about the situation, and Wright agreed that changes should not be made during a flood fight, poten- tially putting lives and property at risk. Today, Heitkamp urged Wright to make a prompt decision, as the city. of Drayton has since ap- plied for a sixth-month exten- sion. As a subcommittee ranking member on the Committee, which has jurisdiction on the National Flood Insurance Program, Heitkamp is fighting to reauthorize the program to make sure North Dakota homeowners and busi- nesses have affordable, accessible flood insurance protections. "Families and businesses across our state know just how hard floods can hit - and the sometimes irreparable damage they can leave in their wake. Today I pressed FEMA on the need to make sure families and communities are pro- tected," said Heitkamp. "When I sat down with leaders and emer- gency response teams in Drayton, we talked about solutions our northeastern communities need to stay safe this spring. Earlier this month, I brought those concerns to FEMA Deputy Associate Admin- istrator for Insurance Mitigation Roy Wright and pressed the need to extend the deadline for the city's levee another six months to make sure it remains in place fbr this spring's flood fight. He agreed with me that changes shouldn't be made during height of flood sea- son, and today i piashed him for a tbrmal commitment. As we look toward the National Flood Insur- BISMARCK, N.D.-- Insur- ance Commissioner Jon Godfread today encouraged renters, home- owners and business owners to better understand their flood risk and insurance coverage following heavy winter snowfall. "I urge all North Dakotans to take the time to learn about how they can better protect them- selves and their property from the destruction brought on by a flood," Godfread said. "Tradi- tional homeowners insurance policies do not cxwer flooding. Be- cause there is a 30-day waiting pe- .riod before a flood insurance a standard homeowners insurance policy, flood insurance is available for renters, homeowners and businesses as a special policy that is fMerally backed by the Na- tional Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is a federal program, managed by the Federal Emer- gency Management Achninistra- tion, responsible for providing flood insurance, improving flood- plain management and develop- ing maps of flood hazard zones. The NFIP allows propertg own- ers in participating communities policy kicks in, this is a critical to buy insurance to protect against time of year for consumers to talk "flood losses. A homeowner is to their insurance agent about their ableto purchase excess flood in- policy's limits and what other cow stuance, but they must be covered erage op.tions they have." byNFIP flood insurance first. Floods are the most common For more information, con- and most destructive of natural sumers should contact their in- disasters in the U.S., with all 50 surance agent, the NFIP states having experienced floods (www.floodsmart.gov) at 1-800- or flash floods in the past five 638-6620, or the North Dakota In- years, according to Floods- surance Department mart.gov.Although flood damage (www.nd.gov/ndins) at 1-800- is not traditionally covered under 247-0560. ance program expiration, in Sep- Heitkamp has long fought to tember, I'll keep fighting to keep make sure the federal govern- northeastern North Dakota safe, ment lives up to its responsibilities and to make sure all of our and assists North Dakota in re- statewide communities can ac- covering from past flooding and cess the affordable flood insurance helping protect communities they need to weather the storm.': throughout North Dakota from Just last month, Heitkamp future floods. launched a new page on her web- In October, Heitkamp met with site with resources for North Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney in her Dakotans to stay intbrmed about ongoing push to guarantee the. weather alerts, plan for potential Red River Valley gets the perma- floods anticipated this spring, and nent flood protections the area respond safely ifflooding occurs, needs. Heitkamp updated Ma- Heitkamp is committed to pro-. honey on her. work to forge a .tecting North Dakota communities path forward that secures Fargo from severe weather like flooding, flood protections, including a con- In January, Heitkamp pressed versation she had with then,OMB Mick Mulvaney, who now leads Director Shaun Donovan, pressing the U.S. Office of Management him on the need for continued fed- and Budget (OMB), on the ira- eral support. portance of continued federal sup- And last July, Heitkamp joined port for strong, permanent flood officials in Fargo for the signing of protection in Fargo and Minot. an agreement to initiate construc- And last year, Heitkamp helped tion for the Fargo-Moorhead di- successfully secure federal support version. And after successfully from OMB and Army Corps lead- working to secure a study start for ers for a Minot study start and a Minot, Heitkamp participated in Fargo construction start, in addi- the signing ceremony for the tion to critical funding for both Minot and Souris Basin Flood projects, protections in May 2016. , more information about lmtrition for yourself and members of your fam- ily. 4. Read, read, read. Go to the li- brary and check out books. Keep the mental stimulation flowing through- out the year regardless of your age. 5. Work on 4-1=1. projects or open- class exhibits for the county fair. Lo- cate last year's county fair pro- gram for ideas andlook at upcom- ing events provided on NDSU Ex- tension'- Walsh County's office website at https://www.ag.ndsu.edt / walshcountyextension. 6. Check out parenting, finance, nutrition and/or food preparation classes offered by NDSU Extension - Walsh County. Call 284-6624 more intbnnation about upcoming ofl rings. 7. Maintain a healthy home. Be sure your smoke detector is work- ing correctly ,and test for the presence of Radon. Help manage allergies and/or asthma by cleaning and vac- uuming regularly to reduce allergy triggers in the home. Avoid acci- dental poisonings by keeping med- I WALSH'COUNTY ADVERTISING DEADLINE: THURSDAY AT NOON ications locked up, and cleaning help planyourlnenus. Use leftovers agents and other poisons out of as the basis for another meal. reach of children. Any questions about this colulrm 8. Keep your family finances in or something else may be directed check. Track your expenses and up- to the NDSU Extension office in date your budget regularly. Eat gt Walsh County at 284-6624, or email home often because meals outside me at: jamie.medbery@ndsu:edu. I of home usually cost more. Plan would be glad tohelp! your menus and use the coupons to So,,re: NEAFCS, Living Well INSURANCE PHONE (701) 284-6333 FAX (701) 284-6091 WC! RESS(~ ! 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