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are never convenient; most often they seem to occur at the most inopportune
times. For example, early one morning (1:30 a.m.), I felt the need to get up
and discovered that the toilet was spraying water all over the bathroom. Later
we began the basement cleaning that was required due to the propensity for
water to fall through the flooring. Luckily, we had only clean water to mop and
a few rugs and cushions to dry. It could have been much worse.
It takes deliberate planning to be prepared for most
emergencies and—by extension—many disasters you may face. You may find that
much of what you need to respond to an emergency is already in your home. How
do you prepare for small emergencies such as our small late night/early morning
water supply hose break? How would that help in a larger event?
is one of the basic tools you need to be prepared. Can you answer “yes” to the
to these questions were a mix of “yes” and “no.” Yours probably were too. Take a
few minutes to learn these basics, so you will be better prepared for the next
information on preparing for future floods, visit eXtension.org.
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