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I have been very busy this month with volunteer work and the recent storms, so I am running behind on my column.

A second power outage in Ellendale hit us after the last lightning storm had already passed us. I believe it lasted close to four hours. Not good if you depend on a sump pump to keep your basement dry.

No matter how you feel about the climate change situation, it is not hard to see that we seem to be having more weather extremes. The one hundred-year floods seem to occur more often than that. Actually, the term one hundred-year flood refers to the chance of one in a hundred. 

We don’t have to look any further than our streets of New Richland to note the increased occurrences of flooding. There are a variety of reason, but the fact remains, any time we get more than three to four inches of rain, severe flooding is a possibility. Extreme rainfalls have occurred more often in our area than ever before. Are you prepared for the next hundred-year flood? emergency preparedness suggestion for the month is to have an emergency communication plan.

Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, Internet, and e-mail, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, Internet, and e-mail will not work either.

Phones with cordless handsets won’t work in a disaster because they need more electricity than they can get from the phone jack. Old-fashioned phones with a cord connecting the handset to the base will work even in a power outage. Make sure you have at least one phone with a cord in your home in case of a power outage.

Keep a car charger for your cell phone in your vehicle. If the power is out in your home, you can still charge your cell phone in your car.

If you don’t have a landline and you use a cell phone as your home phone, remember that cell phone towers may be tied up with calls in an emergency. However, a text message from your cell phone may get through when a phone call doesn’t. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to send and receive text messages.

Until next time, be prepared, and stay safe.

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