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Before a Flood
What would you do if your property were flooded? Are you prepared?
Even if you feel you live in a community with a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't just based on history; it's also based on a number of factors including rainfall , topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and tidal-surge data, and changes due to new construction and development.
Flood-hazard maps have been created to show the flood risk for your community, which helps determine the type of flood insurance coverage you will need since standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. The lower the degree of risk, the lower the flood insurance premium.
In addition to having flood insurance, knowing following flood hazard terms will help you recognize and prepare for a flood.
To prepare for a flood, you should:
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
- Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
- Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
- If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.
During a Flood
If a flood is likely in your area, you should:
- Listen to the radio or television for information.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
- Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.
After the FloodYour home has been flooded. Although floodwaters may be down in some areas, many dangers still exist. Here are some things to remember in the days ahead:
- Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice as soon as available.
- Avoid moving water.
- Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
- Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
- Play it safe. Additional flooding or flash floods can occur. Listen for local warnings and information. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.
- If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded:
- Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Flooding may have caused familiar places to change. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Flood debris may hide animals and broken bottles, and it's also slippery. Avoid walking or driving through it.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.
Article from: http://www.ready.gov/floods
Go anywhere on the Internet and you are assured you are being followed, unless this is the first time you are on your computer. Even then the chances of you doing any type of Web search will automatically begin the transaction of saving information into your computer and on your search site of everywhere you have been or will go on the Internet.
At times this can be nice. You go to a site, find what you want, but a week later you realize you need to revisit the site. Now where was it and how do I find it again? This is where cookies on your computer come in handy. These little bytes of information will tell you what you want to know by just going to the Internet and select “recent visits”.
On the other hand, many sites are selling information they gather on visitors to marketing companies. If you regularly go to health and nutrition sites, you may begin to see these types of ads popping up any time you are on a site with ads. Coincidence? Not at all, you have been tracked as to where you are going on the Internet through your Internet server, your web search engine, etc. Most of the time they are only collecting information so marketers can be guided to give you what you like and normally search for on the Internet.
Article written by: Helen Neal, Web Designer
In Wisconsin, receiving a traffic citation will include not only a fine, but demerit points. If you receive more than 12 demerit points in one year, you could lose your driver’s license.
When you are pulled over for a traffic offense you probably are hoping to get off with a warning. Unfortunately it is not always this easy. You may not have even realized that you were driving recklessly or that what you were doing was against the law. Most traffic offenses in Wisconsin carry a fine and no jail time. Although a traffic citation will not give you a criminal record, it will affect your driving record and your ability to get affordable auto insurance.
Wisconsin Traffic Violation Facts
The fine you pay for your traffic violation could range from $25 to more than $500 depending on your violation. There is a very wide range of traffic offenses in Wisconsin, each with its own specific fines and penalties. Normal speeding tickets typically range from $30 to $300. Reckless driving, in most circumstances will carry a fine of $25 to $200.
Points are assessed with every moving violation. The court sends notification of your charge to the Division of Motor Vehicles who tracks the driving records of all licensed Wisconsin residents.
If you accumulate more than 12 points in a year your license will be suspended for an absolute minimum of 2 months.
Some offenses mandate more than a 2 month suspension, OWI for example.
OFFENSE & DEMERIT POINTS
Attempting to elude an officer = 6
Operating while revoked or suspended = 3
Reckless driving or racing = 6
Speeding 20 mph or more over limit = 6
Failure to yield right of way = 4
Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit = 4
Driving wrong way on one way street = 3
Failure to give proper signal = 3
Following too closely = 3
Illegal passing = 3
Improper brakes or lights = 3
Operating with expired license or
without any license = 3
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 346
Reduction of Points
You can reduce 3 points off of your total by attending a traffic safety course. This can only be done once every three year period but may mean the difference between losing your license and maintaining your driving privileges. Most traffic convictions stay on your driving record for 10 years.
Criminal Traffic Offenses
Some driving offenses, like driving on a suspended license, hit and run, and drunk driving are criminal charges.
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