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Seg. 1: Flood Insurance 101 | Seg. 2: Mental Health Care In KC

Segment 1: Why the Federal Emergency Managment Agency recommends flood coverage for everyone.

Flooding occurs in 90% of natural disasters in the United States, according to FEMA, and a quarter of all flood claims come from low-risk areas. We cover common questions about what is and isn't covered by flood and homeowners insurance, and discuss what the future of flood insurance might look like.

  • Chris Parsons, insurance program specialist, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region VII

Segment 2, beginning at 22:30: Mental health resources in Kansas City.

A shortage of pyschiatrists across the Kansas City area has some waiting eight weeks for an appointment. Meanwhile, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 10-34, according to the National Institute of Mental Heath. Today, a survey of resources available in the area, and a discussion of the community needs going unmet.

If you or someone you know is in crisis — whether they are considering suicide or not — please call the 24-hour, toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.