Flood Safety - Preparedness and Awareness
Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or its territories. Flooding can occur
in any of the fifty states or U.S. territories at any time of the year. It causes more damage in the United
States than any other weather related event. On average, floods cause eight billion dollars in damages
and eighty nine fatalities annually. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your
loved ones survive a flood.
Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding. Find out which flooding hazards impact
your state at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/map.shtml. You can also find out if you live in a flood plain by
visiting our partners at FEMA at https://msc.fema.gov. There are many tips for what to do before, during
and after a flood on our newly redesigned Flood Safety Website at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.
Find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at weather.gov and water.weather.gov.
Forecasters in NWS offices work around the clock to ensure watches, warnings and advisories are issued
to alert the public to hazardous conditions. The same information is available on your mobile device at
http://mobile.weather.gov. Some smart phones are able to receive Flash Flood Warning alerts via the
Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Visit www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/wea.html for
Another tool to alert you to hazardous conditions is NOAA All Hazards Radio. This nationwide network of
radio stations broadcasts continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct from NWS
offices and emergency officials. For more information, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
Stay safe during a flood by knowing your risk and where to get the latest forecast and hazard
information. Be a Force of Nature! www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html
Join us tomorrow for information on the NWS Turn Around Don’t Drown program.