Flood Safety Awareness Week

March 16-22, 2014 is Flood Safety Awareness Week across the United States. The National Weather Service and other supporting organizations ask your help in spreading the word about flood safety. Flooding is a coast to coast threat to the United States and its territories in all months of the year. National Flood Safety Awareness Week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property. Flooding can occur in many different forms, from flash flooding to river flooding to inland flooding from a tropical system. Prior planning and education will help to mitigate the disastrous effects from flooding.

Flooding occurred in March 2011 when Tallahala Creek overtopped its banks near Laurel. This flooded nearby communities(left).  During Spring 2011, the Mississippi River saw record flooding at many forecast points, with some seeing historic levels that had not been topped in greater than 80 years(center). The flooding lasted for several weeks before finally subsiding in the late spring. Inland flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011 left roads impassable in southern Madison County(right, image courtesy of Jim Albritton).

Flood watches and warnings are ineffective if the public does not receive the message or is not knowledgeable of the safety procedures to follow. The purpose of Flood Safety Awareness Week is to provide people with the knowledge necessary to protect their lives when flooding occurs.

2014 Flood Safety Week Brochure

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Flood Safety Awareness Week Brochure


Flood Safety Awareness Week Schedule
Monday, March 17th
Flood Safety and Awareness
Tuesday, March 18th
Turn Around, Don't Drown
Wednesday, March 19th
Types of floods and flood hazards
Thursday, March 20th
National Weather Service water resources
Friday, March 21st
Partner Services



Flood Statistics:
 2013 Flood Fatalities by Gender
Fatalities by Gender
 2013 Flood Fatalities by Acivity
Fatalities by Activity
 2013 Flood Fatalities by Age
Fatalities by Age
2013 Flood Fatalities by Month
Fatalities by Month



Additional Information

Here are some links to helpful information:

National Flood Safety Awareness Week

NOAA Weather Radio

National AHPS

Jackson Hydrologic Service Area AHPS

NWS Jackson Hydrology Page

Floods: The Awesome Power

You are also invited to contact the National Weather Service for interviews, information, or answers to any questions you may have. In many instances, we are also able to present flood awareness programs to civic and industrial organizations, schools, amateur radio clubs, and hospital staffs.

For more information, contact:

  • Marty Pope, Service Hydrologist 
    National Weather Service Office Jackson, MS
    601-965-4638 ext 228

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