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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
1107 AM PDT FRI OCT 24 2014

OCTOBER 20TH THROUGH 24TH IS CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK!
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO
AND MONTEREY BAY AREAS WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC
EACH DAY DURING THE PREPAREDNESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: FLOOD SAFETY AND FLOOD INFORMATION TOOLS

FLOODING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS IN THE U.S.
CLAIMING ON AVERAGE NEARLY ONE HUNDRED LIVES A YEAR.  MOST OF THESE
DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH
FLOODED ROADWAYS.  MANY OTHER LIVES ARE LOST WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO
OR NEAR FLOOD WATERS.  THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THE
FORCE AND POWER OF WATER, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS MOVING.  THE GOOD
NEWS IS THESE TYPES OF DEATHS AND RELATED INJURIES ARE PREVENTABLE
WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AN ADULT.  AND IT
ONLY TAKES TWELVE TO EIGHTEEN INCHES OF FLOWING WATER TO CARRY AWAY
MOST VEHICLES, INCLUDING LARGE SUVS.  IF YOU COME TO AN AREA THAT IS
COVERED WITH WATER, YOU WILL LIKELY NOT KNOW THE DEPTH OF THE WATER
OR THE CONDITION OF THE GROUND UNDER THE WATER.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY
TRUE AT NIGHT WHEN YOUR VISION IS MORE LIMITED.  PLAY IT SMART, PLAY
IT SAFE.  WHETHER DRIVING OR WALKING, ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED
ROAD, WALKWAY, OR PATH, FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE: TURN AROUND DON?T
DROWN.  TURN AROUND DONT DROWN, TADD FOR SHORT, IS A NOAA NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE CAMPAIGN USED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF
WALKING, OR DRIVING A VEHICLE, THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

HERE ARE A FEW MORE TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAVE DURING A FLOOD:
ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD AND KNOW THE RISKS BEFORE FLOODING HAPPENS.
MONITOR NOAA ALL-HAZARDS RADIO, OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE,
FOR VITAL WEATHER-RELATED INFORMATION BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER ANY
DISASTER INCLUDING FLOODING. IF FLOODING IS EXPECTED OR IS
OCCURRING, GET TO HIGHER GROUND FAST! LEAVE TYPICAL FLOOD AREAS SUCH
AS CANYONS, DITCHES, RAVINES, DIPS, OR LOW SPOTS.
AVOID AREAS ALREADY FLOODED, ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER IS FLOWING FAST.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS.  TURN AROUND DONT DROWN!
NEVER DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.  ROAD BEDS MAY BE WASHED OUT
UNDER MURKY FLOOD WATERS.  TURN AROUND DONT DROWN! DO NOT CAMP OR
PARK YOUR VEHICLE ALONG STREAMS AND WASHES, PARTICULARLY DURING
THREATENING CONDITIONS. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS
HARDER TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD DANGERS. NEVER CROSS ANY BARRIERS THAT ARE
PUT IN PLACE BY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS.  NOT ONLY IS THIS DANGEROUS,
BUT MANY STATES AND COMMUNITIES HAVE LAWS AGAINST IT AND LEVY STEEP
FINES AND POINTS AGAINST DRIVING RECORDS FOR PEOPLE THAT IGNORE
BARRICADES OR OTHER ROAD CLOSURE INDICATORS. ALWAYS PLAY IT SAFE,
TURN AROUND DONT DROWN!

FLOOD INFORMATION RESOURCES

NOAA NWS: AS MENTIONED IN PREVIOUS FLOOD PREPAREDNESS STATEMENTS
THIS WEEK, THE NWS WEBSITE PROVIDES UP TO DATE ADVISORY, WATCH, AND
WARNING INFORMATION OR THE U.S. AND ITS TERRITORIES.  BUT THERE IS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THAT PAGE YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF TO HELP
YOU BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER  A FLOOD.
HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=MTR

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.
HTTP://WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/

FEMA:
INFORMATION ON FLOOD RISK, THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM,
AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM FEMA.
HTTP://WWW.FEMA.GOV

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY:
INFORMATION ON CURRENT WATER CONDITIONS AND RESOURCES CAN BE OBTAINED
FROM THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.
HTTP://WWW.USGS.GOV/

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS:
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING DAMS, LEVEES, AND RECREATIONAL WATER BODIES
NEAR YOU CONTACT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.
HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/

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.

HTTP://WWW.HYDROLOGICWARNING.ORG/:
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 PARTNER, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE.

AS WE WRAP UP THE 2014/2015 CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK, REMEMBER,
FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED STATES THAN ANY OTHER
WEATHER R RELATED EVENT.  FLOODING CAN OCCUR IN ANY OF THE FIFTY
STATES OR U.S. TERRITORIES AT ANYTIME OF THE YEAR 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. IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE OR:

MARK STRUDLEY
NWS WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE, MONTEREY
MONTEREY, CA 93943
MARK.STRUDLEY@NOAA.GOV

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