- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging people to prepare for the possibility of spring flooding, particularly in the Midwest.

Acting FEMA Administrator Nancy Ward says having a plan can help families stay safe during a disaster. She says that a little research can help “save the lives of the people and pets you care about.”

Ward is urging people to locate the nearest emergency shelter, test their emergency plan and know how to communicate prior to a natural disaster.

Earlier this week, strong storms damaged or destroyed homes in parts of the Midwest, and rainfall brought fears of a repeat of last year’s devastating flooding.

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