Flood Safety Awareness Week - Flood Safety and Awareness

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
444 AM CDT MON MAR 18 2013 /344 AM MDT MON MAR 18 2013/
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 18 THROUGH MARCH 22 AS
FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
ABERDEEN SD WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH DAY
DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.
 
TODAYS TOPIC: FLOOD SAFETY AND AWARENESS.
 
IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY EVERY
DAY OF THE YEAR. FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED STATES THAN
ANY OTHER WEATHER RELATED EVENT...WITH AN AVERAGE OF EIGHT
BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR 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 VERY QUICKLY. 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 SEE IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD PLAIN. ALSO KNOWING IF THERE IS A DAM OR
LEVEE SYSTEM IN YOUR AREA IS IMPORTANT. SOMETIMES ITS OBVIOUS IF
A DAM OR LEVEE IS IN YOUR AREA. OTHER TIMES ITS 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 DONT OWN OR CONTROL
ALL OF THEM. CONTACT THE LOCAL NWS OFFICE. IT IS A GREAT RESOURCE
TO FIND OUT ABOUT DAMS AND LEVEES IN YOUR AREA AND THE RISK
ASSOCIATED WITH THEM. IF A DAM OR LEVEE FAILS...FLASH FLOODING CAN
HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY AND YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE IT
HAPPENS.
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB PAGE IDENTIFIES WHERE FLOODING IS
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. YOU CAN ACCESS THIS INFORMATION BY VISITING THE
NWS WEBSITE TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY...SEVEN DAYS A WEEK...THREE HUNDRED
SIXTY FIVE DAYS A YEAR...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 WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS IS ANOTHER WAY TO RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF
EMERGENCY INFORMATION...INCLUDING EMERGENCY FLOOD INFORMATION VERY
QUICKLY.
NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS IS A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO STATIONS
BROADCASTING CONTINUOUS WEATHER RIVER AND OTHER EMERGENCY INFORMATION
DIRECT 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 IT CONTAINS THE
SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE ENCODING CAPABILITY KNOWN AS SAME. YOUR
LOCAL NWS OFFICE CAN HELP YOU WITH THE NECESSARY CODES AND
PROGRAMMING IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE GETTING YOUR ALL HAZARDS RADIO
PROGRAMMED. ALSO ALL HAZARDS RADIOS CAN 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/S MAP SERVICE CENTER: HTTPS://MSC.FEMA.GOV
 
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
 
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