National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 18-22, 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 18 THROUGH MARCH 22  
AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
SIOUX FALLS WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH DAY
DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.
TODAY'S TOPIC: THE NWS ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE AND  
PARTNER SERVICES.
IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY  
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS...FLOODS HAVE KILLED
AN AVERAGE OF NINETY FIVE PEOPLE A YEAR AND HAVE CAUSED AN AVERAGE
OF EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES ANNUALLY.
THIS WEEK WE HAVE DISCUSSED WHAT FLOOD SAFETY IS...THE DIFFERENT 
TYPES OF FLOODS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER...THE NWS TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN
CAMPAIGN...AND THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. TODAY WE HOPE
TO TIE ALL OF THOSE TOGETHER TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR SITUATIONS WHEN
FLOOD WATERS FLOW
AS MENTIONED ON MONDAY...THE NWS WEBSITE PROVIDES UP TO DATE 
ADVISORY...WATCH...AND WARNING INFORMATION FOR THE U.S. AND
TERRITORIES. BUT THERE IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THAT PAGE YOU
MAY NOT BE AWARE OF TO HELP YOU BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER A FLOOD.
AHPS
THE ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE...OR AHPS...IS AN ONGOING
EFFORT TO MODERNIZE THE NWS HYDROLOGIC SERVICES. AHPS PROVIDES RIVER
AND FLOOD FORECASTS AND WATER INFORMATION ACROSS AMERICA TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY. IT ALSO HELPS ENSURE THE NATIONS ECONOMIC WELL-
BEING. EVERYONE WHO MAKES DECISIONS BASED ON WATER...INCLUDING BUT
NOT LIMITED TO FARMERS...RIVER BOAT PILOTS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS...
MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY OFFICIALS...RECREATIONISTS...AND DAM
OPERATORS...CAN BENEFIT FROM AHPS. YOU CAN GET TO AHPS FROM THE NWS
WEBSITE.
FLOOD FORECAST INUNDATION MAPPING
THE ABILITY TO LOOK DAYS INTO THE FUTURE TO SEE HOW MANY CITY BLOCKS
AND ROADS MIGHT BE FLOODED IS BECOMING CLEARER WITH FLOOD FORECAST
INUNDATION MAPPING. NOAA'S NWS...AND NOAA'S NATIONAL OCEAN
SERVICE...NOS...ARE COLLABORATING WITH THE USGS...USACE...FEMA...AND
OTHER PARTNERS TO DEVELOP INUNDATION MAPS FOR INLAND FRESHWATER
FLOODING. SETS OF MAPS...REFERRED TO AS LIBRARIES...ARE BEING
DEVELOPED WHICH INCLUDE MAP LAYERS DEPICTING THE SPATIAL EXTENT AND
DEPTH OF WATER FOR VARIOUS FLOOD LEVELS RANGING FROM MINOR FLOODING
ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FLOOD OF RECORD IN THE VICINITY OF NWS RIVER
FORECAST LOCATIONS. COMBINED WITH TRADITIONAL NWS RIVER FORECASTS
THESE FLOOD MAPS SHOW THE AREAS OF LIKELY INUNDATION BASED ON
CURRENT CONDITIONS AND RIVER FORECASTS. MAPS ARE PRODUCED USING
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS... GIS...AND DATASETS CREATED IN THE
PRODUCTION OF THE FEMA FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS. THESE LIBRARIES
ARE ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE AHPS WEB SITE.
IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING OUR OWN FLOOD FORECASTS AND WARNING  
INFORMATION...THE NWS WORKS WITH AND RELIES ON STRATEGIC PARTNERS
INVOLVED IN RIVER OBSERVATIONS...RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT...FLOODPLAIN
MANAGEMENT...FLOOD HAZARD MITIGATION...AND FLOOD PREPAREDNESS TO
REDUCE THE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY DUE TO FLOODS. JUST A FEW OF
THOSE PARTNERS ARE LISTED BELOW. YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE CAN HELP YOU
FIND ADDITIONAL PARTNERS IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.
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.
FEMA
INFORMATION ON FLOOD RISK...THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM...
AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM FEMA.
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
INFORMATION ON CURRENT WATER CONDITIONS AND RESOURCES CAN BE 
OBTAINED FROM THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING DAMS...LEVEES...AND RECREATIONAL AREAS
NEAR YOU CONTACT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
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.
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 PARTNERS...CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE.
AS WE WRAP UP THE 2013 FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK REMEMBER THAT 
FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED STATES THAN ANY OTHER
WEATHER 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 DONT DROWN...
EVALUATE YOUR NEED FOR FLOOD INSURANCE...VISIT WITH OUR PARTNERS TO
LEARN HOW THEY TOO CAN HELP YOU PREPARE AND BE A FORCE OF NATURE. 
IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE OR:
LORA WILSON
NWS HYDROLOGIC SERVICES BRANCH
SILVER SPRING MD 20910
LORA.WILSON@NOAA.GOV
IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES
NWS AHPS: HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/

FEMA MAP SERVICE CENTER: HTTPS://MSC.FEMA.GOV

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM:
HTTP://WWW.FLOODSMART.GOV/FLOODSMART/

NWS: HTTP://WWW.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
 


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