2013 Flood Safety Awareness Week - Flood Safety and Awareness

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
1200 AM EDT MON MAR 18 2013

...DAY 1 OF 2013 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 18 THROUGH MARCH 22
AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
JACKSONVILLE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH DAY
DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY'S TOPIC: FLOOD SAFETY AND AWARENESS.

IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. FLOODING ALSO CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED
STATES THAN ANY OTHER WEATHER RELATED EVENT...WITH AN AVERAGE OF
EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN DAMAGES AND AN AVERAGE OF NINETY-FIVE
FATALITIES PER YEAR IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS. FLOODING CAN OCCUR IN
ANY OF THE FIFTY STATES OR U.S. TERRITORIES AT ANYTIME OF THE YEAR...
SOMETIMES RAPIDLY. BEING PREPARED IN ADVANCE AND KNOWING A FEW FLOOD
SAFETY TIPS WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SURVIVE A FLOOD IF IT
HAPPENS IN YOUR AREA.

KNOWING YOUR RISK IN ADVANCE IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR FLOODING
OF ANY TYPE IN YOUR LOCATION. MANY OF OUR PARTNERS PROVIDE
INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DETERMINE IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD PRONE AREA.
FOR EXAMPLE...OUR FEDERAL PARTNER...FEMA...HAS AN ONLINE MAP SERVICE
CENTER THAT YOU CAN VISIT TO DETERMINE IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD PLAIN.
ALSO KNOWING IF THERE IS A DAM OR LEVEE SYSTEM IN YOUR AREA IS
IMPORTANT. IT IS SOMETIMES OBVIOUS IF A DAM OR LEVEE IS IN YOUR
AREA...BUT OTHER TIMES IT IS NOT...ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE JUST MOVED
INTO THE AREA OR ARE ONLY VISITING. ANOTHER FEDERAL PARTNER...THE
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...HAS INFORMATION ABOUT MANY DAMS AND
LEVEE SYSTEMS...BUT THEY DO NOT OWN OR CONTROL ALL OF THEM. YOU CAN
CONTACT THE NWS OFFICE IN JACKSONVILLE AS IT IS A GOOD RESOURCE TO
FIND OUT ABOUT DAMS AND LEVEES IN YOUR AREA AND THE RISKS ASSOCIATED
WITH THEM. IF A DAM OR LEVEE FAILS...FLASH FLOODING CAN HAPPEN
RAPIDLY...AND YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE IT HAPPENS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE IDENTIFIES WHERE FLOODING IS
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING IN OUR FORECAST AREA. YOU CAN ACCESS THIS
INFORMATION BY VISITING OUR WEBSITE AT ANY TIME FOR THE MOST UP TO
DATE WEATHER...FLOOD...AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION. THE NWS MOBILE
WEBSITE CAN ALSO BE ACCESSED BY MANY MOBILE DEVICES AND SMART PHONES.

NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO IS ANOTHER WAY TO QUICKLY RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF
EMERGENCY INFORMATION...INCLUDING EMERGENCY FLOOD INFORMATION. NOAA
ALL HAZARDS RADIO IS A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO STATIONS WHICH
BROADCASTS CONTINUOUS WEATHER...RIVER...AND OTHER EMERGENCY
INFORMATION DIRECTLY FROM NEARBY NWS OFFICES AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.
YOU CAN PURCHASE AN ALL HAZARDS RADIO FROM MANY ELECTRONICS
STORES...AND THEY CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO RECEIVE INFORMATION SPECIFIC
TO YOUR AREA IF THE RADIO CONTAINS THE SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE ENCODING
CAPABILITY...ALSO KNOWN AS SAME. THE NWS OFFICE IN JACKSONVILLE CAN
ALSO HELP YOU WITH THE NECESSARY CODES AND PROGRAMMING IF YOU HAVE
ANY TROUBLE PROGRAMMING YOUR ALL HAZARDS RADIO. NOAA ALL HAZARDS
RADIOS CAN ALSO BE PORTABLE IF THEY HAVE A BATTERY BACK UP AND CAN
COME IN HANDY ON TRIPS WHERE YOU NEED TO KNOW IMPORTANT WEATHER
INFORMATION INCLUDING INFORMATION ON CURRENT FLOOD RISKS.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR A FLOOD. FOR MORE
INFORMATION...PLEASE VISIT OUR FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEBSITE.

KNOWING YOUR FLOOD RISK...HOW TO PREPARE FOR AND ACTIONS TO TAKE
BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER A FLOOD CAN SAVE YOU TIME...MONEY...AND
EVEN YOUR LIFE. PREPARE NOW...AND BE A FORCE OF NATURE!

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOODS.

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IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES

NWS AHPS: HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/

NWS: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/

NWS MOBILE: HTTP://MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV

NWS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS: HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/

BE A FORCE OF NATURE:
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML

FEMA: HTTP://WWW.FEMA.GOV/

FEMA MAP SERVICE CENTER: HTTPS://MSC.FEMA.GOV

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/

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