National Flood Safety Awareness Week, Day 3

...DAY 3 OF 2010 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN
THE THIRD ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK,
MARCH 15TH TO MARCH 19TH...2010.

TODAYS THEME IS FLOODING. FLOODS OCCUR NATIONWIDE AND ARE THE
DEADLIEST WEATHER RELATED KILLER IN THE UNITED STATES. FROM RIVER
FLOODING...TO URBAN FLOODING...TO FLASH FLOODING...FLOODING CAN BE
LIFE-THREATENING...SO YOU NEED TO KEEP INFORMED OF DEVELOPING FLOOD
SITUATIONS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION TO AVOID DANGER.

HERE ARE SOME TERMS WE USE TO INFORM YOU OF THE FLOOD THREAT.

    * A FLOOD WATCH OR FLASH FLOOD WATCH INDICATES THAT CONDITIONS
      ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING TO HAPPEN.

    * A FLOOD WARNING OR FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLOODING IS
      OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.

    * MINOR FLOODING IS WHEN MINIMAL OR NO PROPERTY DAMAGE IS
      EXPECTED TO OCCUR...BUT THE FLOODING COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE SOME
      PUBLIC THREAT OR INCONVENIENCE.

    * MODERATE FLOODING IS WHEN SOME INUNDATION OF STRUCTURES AND
      ROADS NEAR STREAMS WILL OCCUR. SOME EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE
      AND/OR A TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HITCHER ELEVATIONS ARE
      NECESSARY.

    * MAJOR FLOODING IS WHEN THERE IS EXTENSIVE INUNDATION OF
      STRUCTURES AND ROADS ALONG WITH POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT
      EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE AND/OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER
      ELEVATIONS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FLOODING AND RELATED PHENOMENA
AND FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK IS AVAILABLE AT:

www.floodsafety.noaa.gov



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