2013 Flood Safety Awareness Week - AHPS and Partner Services

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
1200 AM EDT FRI MAR 22 2013

...LAST DAY 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: THE NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE AND
PARTNER SERVICES.

IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS...FLOODS HAVE KILLED
AN AVERAGE OF NINETY FIVE PEOPLE A YEAR AND HAVE CAUSED AN AVERAGE OF
EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES ANNUALLY.

THIS WEEK WE HAVE DISCUSSED WHAT FLOOD SAFETY IS...THE DIFFERENT
TYPES OF FLOODS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER...THE NWS TURN AROUND...DON’T DROWN
CAMPAIGN...AND THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. TODAY WE HOPE TO
TIE ALL OF THOSE TOGETHER TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR SITUATIONS WHEN
FLOOD WATERS FLOW!

AS MENTIONED ON MONDAY...THE NWS WEBSITE PROVIDES UP TO DATE
ADVISORY...WATCH...AND WARNING INFORMATION FOR THE U.S. AND ITS
TERRITORIES...BUT THERE IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THAT SITE YOU
MAY NOT BE AWARE OF TO HELP YOU BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER A FLOOD.

AHPS...
THE ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...OR AHPS...IS AN ONGOING
EFFORT TO MODERNIZE THE NWS’S HYDROLOGIC SERVICES. AHPS PROVIDES
RIVER AND FLOOD FORECASTS AND WATER INFORMATION ACROSS AMERICA TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. IT ALSO HELPS ENSURE THE NATION’S ECONOMIC
WELL-BEING. EVERYONE WHO MAKES DECISIONS BASED ON WATER...
INCLUDING...BUT NOT LIMITED...TO FARMERS...RIVER BOAT PILOTS...
EMERGENCY MANAGERS...MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY OFFICIALS...
RECREATIONISTS...AND DAM OPERATORS CAN BENEFIT FROM AHPS. YOU CAN GET
TO AHPS FROM THE NWS WEBSITE.

FLOOD INUNDATION MAPPING...
THE ABILITY TO LOOK DAYS INTO THE FUTURE TO SEE HOW MANY CITY BLOCKS
AND ROADS MIGHT BE FLOODED IS BECOMING CLEARER WITH FLOOD INUNDATION
MAPPING. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL OCEAN
SERVICE...NOS...ARE COLLABORATING WITH THE USGS...USACE...FEMA...AND
OTHER PARTNERS TO DEVELOP INUNDATION MAPS FOR INLAND FRESHWATER
FLOODING. SETS OF MAPS...REFERRED TO AS LIBRARIES...ARE BEING
DEVELOPED AND INCLUDE MAP LAYERS DEPICTING THE SPATIAL EXTENT AND
DEPTH OF WATER FOR VARIOUS FLOOD LEVELS RANGING FROM MINOR FLOODING
ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FLOOD OF RECORD IN THE VICINITY OF NWS RIVER
FORECAST LOCATIONS. COMBINED WITH TRADITIONAL NWS RIVER FORECASTS...
THESE FLOOD MAPS SHOW THE AREAS OF LIKELY INUNDATION BASED ON CURRENT
CONDITIONS AND RIVER FORECASTS. MAPS ARE PRODUCED USING GEOGRAPHIC
INFORMATION SYSTEMS...GIS...AND DATASETS CREATED IN THE PRODUCTION OF
FEMA’S FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS. THESE LIBRARIES ARE ACCESSIBLE
THROUGH THE AHPS WEB SITE.

IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING OUR OWN FLOOD FORECASTS AND WARNING
INFORMATION...THE NWS WORKS WITH AND RELIES ON STRATEGIC PARTNERS
INVOLVED IN RIVER OBSERVATIONS...RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT...FLOODPLAIN
MANAGEMENT...FLOOD HAZARD MITIGATION...AND FLOOD PREPAREDNESS TO
REDUCE THE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY DUE TO FLOODS. JUST A FEW OF
THOSE PARTNERS ARE LISTED BELOW. YOUR NWS OFFICE IN JACKSONVILLE CAN
HELP YOU FIND ADDITIONAL PARTNERS IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED TO BE
ADDRESSED.

AMERICAN RED CROSS...
INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDUCE POTENTIAL FLOOD DAMAGE AND WHAT TO
INCLUDE IN A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE AMERICAN
RED CROSS.

FEMA...
INFORMATION ON FLOOD RISK...THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM...
AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM FEMA.

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...
INFORMATION ON CURRENT WATER CONDITIONS AND RESOURCES CAN BE OBTAINED
FROM THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING DAMS...LEVEES...AND RECREATIONAL AREAS NEAR
YOU...PLEASE CONTACT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.

THE NATIONAL HYDROLOGIC WARNING COUNCIL...
IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO ASSISTING EMERGENCY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS BY PROVIDING EXPERT ADVICE ON THE
USE OF REAL-TIME HIGH QUALITY HYDROLOGIC INFORMATION FROM AUTOMATED
REMOTE DATA SYSTEMS WITH THE GOALS OF PROTECTING LIVES...PROPERTY...
AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

ADDITIONAL KEY PARTNERS ARE THE ASSOCIATION OF STATE FLOODPLAIN
MANAGERS...THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL...THE FEDERAL ALLIANCE FOR
SAFE HOMES...THE WEATHER CHANNEL AND OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS...AND MANY
OTHER GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS. FOR MORE
INFORMATION ON ANY OF OUR PARTNERS...PLEASE CONTACT YOUR NWS OFFICE
IN JACKSONVILLE.

AS WE WRAP UP THE 2013 FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...REMEMBER...
FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED STATES THAN ANY OTHER
WEATHER RELATED EVENT. FLOODING CAN OCCUR IN ANY OF THE FIFTY STATES
OR U.S. TERRITORIES AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR...AND SOMETIMES WITH VERY
LITTLE WARNING. 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. KNOW YOUR RISK...TURN AROUND... DON’T
DROWN...EVALUATE YOUR NEED FOR FLOOD INSURANCE...VISIT WITH OUR
PARTNERS TO LEARN HOW THEY TOO CAN HELP YOU PREPARE...AND BE A FORCE
OF NATURE! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR NWS OFFICE IN JACKSONVILLE
OR:

LORA WILSON
NWS HYDROLOGIC SERVICES BRANCH
SILVER SPRING MD 20910
LORA.WILSON@NOAA.GOV

&&

IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES:

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

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

WRN: HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/

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

NOAA: HTTP://WWW.NOAA.GOV

AMERICAN RED CROSS: HTTP://WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/

FEMA: HTTP://WWW.FEMA.GOV

USGS: HTTP://WWW.USGS.GOV/

USACE: HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/

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