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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sandy Johnson, Emergency Management Division at (360) 867-2800 or JohnsonS@co.thurston.wa.us

Flood Awareness Week in Thurston County Oct. 20-24
Residents urged to prep for emergencies, get flood insurance

October 20-24 is Flood Awareness Week in Thurston County, and county leaders are encouraging residents to prepare for winter storms that often bring floods by checking their emergency kits, making plans with family members, and getting flood insurance before disaster strikes.

"We're focusing this week on encouraging residents to get flood insurance now before storm season sets in," said Sandy Johnson, Manager of Thurston County Emergency Management. "There's a 30 day waiting period once you make your first premium payment, so there's no time to waste. Get your flood insurance today."

Because the county has completed several flood mitigation and preparedness actions and received a Community Rating System score of four, residents of unincorporated Thurston County can get as much as a
30 percent discount for flood insurance. That's up from 25 percent for flood insurance rate discounts in 2012.

Thurston County's emergency management experts remind homeowners and renters that national flood insurance is the only dependable form of financial protection against flood damage. Standard homeowner's insurance doesn't cover damage from flooding, and federal disaster assistance is available only for federally declared disasters. Thurston County residents are urged to purchase flood insurance now because there is a
30-day waiting period after the first payment is made before the policy is effective.

Go to www.floodsmart.gov or call the National Flood Insurance Program at 1-888-379-9531 to learn more about your flood insurance options and private insurance companies who handle policies for the federal program in your area.

The Thurston County Emergency Management Division recently published their annual Flood Bulletin that has additional information about flood insurance, as well as preparedness tips and information about the county's phone alert system and National Weather Service alert systems. Contact the Thurston County Emergency Management Division at (360) 867-2800 to get a copy of the Flood Bulletin, or go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/em and click on the "Fall 2014 Flood Bulletin" link on the left side of the page.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3