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Red Cross Kicks Off Flood Safety Awareness Week

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The Red Cross is asking people not to waste any time in preparing for floods.

The organization says flooding is especially dangerous because it can occur anywhere, at any time, and can cause more damage than any other weather-related disaster.

Monday, the Red Cross kicked off national Flood Safety Awareness Week on Monday, which is especially getting attention because of the number of flood-related fatalities in Virginia. The National Weather Service estimates there was at least one fatality per flood event in Virginia in 2012.

Nationally, the month of March had the second-highest number of flood fatalities last year. Floods caused an estimated $495 million in damage to Americans last year. 

The Red Cross is urging people to take steps to find out if their neighborhood is at risk. It's also reminding them of general preparation tips, including having a plan to evacuate at a moment's notice and understanding the insurance needs to protect their homes.

A spokesperson for the Red Cross says there will be no specific disaster training this week; the focus is on getting the information to the people through its website and social media.

For a list of data and safety tips, click here.

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