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Minnesota flooding: Tips for cleaning up a wet basement

Minnesota flooding: Tips for cleaning up a wet basement
News from Insurance News Net:

By Debra O’Connor, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 21–Worried about water in your basement? Here are pointers from the University of Minnesota Extension, the University of Minnesota Environmental Health and Safety Department, the Insurance Federation of Minnesota and Standard Water Control Systems:

– Take pictures and videos of the mess for insurance claims and tax deductions.

– The water’s probably contaminated, either because it has run through soil or has backed up through the sewer system. So wear boots, waterproof gloves and a protective mask.

– Remove as much stuff as possible, especially things that got wet. If sewage has gotten on an item, throw it out.

– Turn off the power in the water-damaged area. Check with an electrician about what’s safe and what’s not.

– Remove standing water with pails, mops, rags and/or sump pumps. Then suck out all the water you can with a shop vacuum.

– Begin drying the rooms by using dehumidifiers, fans and air conditioning. Using a space heater along with air conditioning will draw moisture out of carpet and walls and into the air.

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Digital ‘spring cleaning’ tips help prevent cyber crime
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There are steps you can take to reduce your cyber footprint
online and your chances of being a victim of cyber crime.

Credit: onlinecareertips.com

(BPT) – Every day, more than 1 million people become victims of cyber crime, according to the 2013 Norton Cyber Crime Report. The Heartbleed bug, which attacked vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software, put even more people at risk of hackers accessing their personal information shared on many websites. In 2013, the Target Corporation data breach affected 110 million customers. Yet, according to Norton, nearly 50 percent of tablet and smartphone users continue to neglect basic precautions such as passwords, security software or back-up files to secure their mobile devices.

It is only a matter of time until the next digital bug or retailer data breach. To protect yourself, cyber security experts recommend “spring cleaning” your cyber footprint.  

“Many people don’t realize that everything they do is being tracked online,” says Ed Hill, Web application consultant and professor in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University. “Consumers should take precautionary steps to clean up their cyber footprint for their own cyber safety.”

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