AMERIND Risk ALARM Newsletter - 2015 2nd Quarter 2015 - Page 12

ALARM AT H O M E S A F E T Y T I P S Flash Flooding: An Unexpected Threat That Can Happen Within Minutes We all heard about the recent floods in Oklahoma and Texas and saw how much damage they can cause. More importantly, we saw how dangerous they can be to your family. The National Weather Service strives to educate everyone on the dangers of flash floods and teaches how to stay safe in a flood event. Below, you will find information on what to do before, during and after a flood. Sometimes floods develop slowly and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will happen days or weeks before it occurs. Oftentimes flash floods can occur within minutes and sometimes without any sign of rain. Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind. Know Your Risk. Is your home or business in a floodplain? What is the fastest way to get to higher ground? Prepare Your Home. If you have access to sandbags, use them to protect your home from flood waters (if you have sufficient time to do so.) Prepare your Family. There is a possibility that you might be evacuated. Pack in advance and don’t wait until the last moment to gather your essentials. Charge the Essential Electronics. Make sure your cell phone and portable radios are all charged in case you lose power. Also, make sure to have back-up batteries on hand. Leave. If it is likely your home will flood, don’t wait to be ordered to leave; evacuate yourself! Make alternative plans for a place to stay. If you have pets, take them with you or make arrangements to board them at a facility well away from the flooding danger. During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor local radio and television outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Stay Informed. Monitor local radio and television (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet and social media for information and updates. Get to Higher Ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately. (Continued on next page.) We’re Committed To You And Indian Country. Relationships are important in Native American culture. They’re important to BOK Financial as well. Located in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma, you have more than 50 years of experience and advice at your fingertips with our Native American Services team. As a $29 billion regional financial services company, BOK Financial has the capacity to assist you and is committed to helping you succeed. So, give us a call, or better yet, let us come see you. Lending | Cash Management | International Services Retirement Plan Services | Corporate Trust | Wealth Management 505.222.8555 | © 2015 BOK Financial Corp. Services provided by Bank of Albuquerque, Bank of Arizona, Bank of Arkansas, Bank of Kansas City, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas and Colorado State Bank and Trust, divisions of BOKF, NA, member FDIC, equal housing lender. BOKF, NA is a division of BOK Financial Corporation. Investments and insurance are not insured by the ALARM FDIC; are not deposits or other obligations of, and are not guaranteed by, any bank or bank affiliate. All investments are subjectLIABILITY. to risks, including possible loss of principal.COMPENSATION. AMERIND Risk | Q2 PROPERTY. WORKERS’ 11