HEARTLAND FLOOD: FEMA gives tips on preparing for future disasters

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (WOWT) - FEMA is traveling the area to give both those affected and unaffected by the flood advice on how to protect themselves from future disasters.

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April McGee was one of the people getting advice from FEMA on Tuesday. She learned something they want everyone to know.

"It's better to have the insurance and not need it than to need it and not have it," FEMA worker Cat Keithahn said.

McGee said she narrowly missed being hit by the flood in Hamburg and didn't realize she needed separate insurance until today.

"A lot of people have renter policy or renter's insurance, but they don't have flood insurance. So I actually learned from the ladies that you can have renters flood insurance, so that was important to learn," she said.

FEMA officials say the National Flood Insurance Program is the best place to start whether you think you can afford it or not.

"A lot of times it's a cost prohibitive type of situation, but work with FEMA and we'll show you various programs that we have to help you abate your situation," William Lindsey with FEMA said.

Beyond flood insurance, FEMA advises that some people should put their homes on stilts and others should flood-proof with sandbags.

The organization said the best step is to reach out to them.

"Every situation is totally different, so let us know and we can provide those recovery resources and advisements for you," Lindsey said.

For McGee, her takeaway was that insurance is important no matter the cost.

"After seeing everything that's happened in Hamburg, I think any amount is worth it," she said.

FEMA specialists will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 6 through 8, May 13 through 15 and May 20 through 22 at the Walmart Supercenter in Shenandoah, Iowa.

More information about the National Flood Insurance Program can be found on their website.