Flood Safety Awareness Week
March 16-21, 2014
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NOAA's National Weather Service are once again partnering for National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 16 –21, 2014. This year, the NWS and FEMA will highlight the importance of preparing for a flood before it strikes and teach the actions you should take when faced with a flooding situation.
Floods are the most common hazard in the United States. However, not all floods are alike. Floods typically occur when too much rain falls or snow melts too quickly. Also, chunks of ice can block a rivers normal flow and force water out of its banks. While some floods develop slowly, flash floods develop suddenly. Hurricanes can bring flooding to areas far inland from where they first hit the coast, as we witnessed on the east coast from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
There are simple steps citizens can take today to reduce their risk to all types of floods. Flood Safety Awareness Week is an excellent time for people and communities to learn about their flood risk and implement precautions to mitigate the threat to life and property.
FEMA and the National Weather Service will provide the public with key information related to flood hazards, and ways to protect yourself and your property each day of National Flood Safety Awareness week.
For a multitude of information on flood safety and flooding see the National Flood Safety webpage at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov. You can also get flood information for each particular state at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/map.shtml. The specific webpage for Nebraska is at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/states/ne-flood.shtml.
Follow FEMA and the North Platte NWS on social media throughout the week to stay informed and to share the information with your social networks. For more information on flood safety tips and information, visit www.ready.gov. For information on how to obtain a flood insurance policy, visit www.floodsmart.gov.
The North Platte NWS will be covering a new topic for Flood Safety Awareness each day this week.
2013 Preliminary U.S. Flood Fatalities