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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
500 PM EDT FRI APR 3 2015

...NEXT WEEK IS PENNSYLVANIA FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK...

THE WEEK OF APRIL 6-10, 2015  HAS BEEN DECLARED FLOOD AWARENESS
WEEK BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PENNSYLVANIA. FLOODING KILLS
MORE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ON AN ANNUAL BASIS THAN ANY OTHER
STORM-RELATED WEATHER HAZARD. ABOUT 89 PEOPLE SUCCUMB TO THE RAVAGES
OF FLOODING EACH YEAR IN THE U.S.

PENNSYLVANIA IS HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO FLOODS. FLOODS CAN OCCUR
ANYTIME OF YEAR AND FROM A VARIETY OF CAUSES. ICE
JAMS...SNOWMELT...HEAVY RAIN...THUNDERSTORMS...NOR`EASTERS AND
TROPICAL SYSTEMS ALL CAUSE FLOODING IN THIS REGION OF THE COUNTRY.
THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY THAT WE ENJOY IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR
TO OUR VULNERABILITY TO FLOODS. HILLS...MOUNTAINS...LAKES AND OUR
EXPANSIVE RIVER SYSTEMS AND WATERWAYS ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE RISK OF
FLOODING WHEN TOO MUCH RAIN AND RUNOFF OCCUR. THIS MAKES THE AREA
PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO FLOODING.

IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, AN AVERAGE OF 89 PEOPLE WERE KILLED EACH YEAR
DUE TO FLOODS. MANY OF THESE DEATHS CAN BE AVOIDED IF PEOPLE ARE
PROPERLY PREPARED AND UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF WATER. THE NUMBER ONE
CAUSE OF FLOOD DEATHS IS WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH A
FLOODED ROADWAY. MANY OF THESE FLOOD DEATHS CAN BE AVOIDED THROUGH
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, EACH DAY WE WILL FOCUS ON A DIFFERENT TOPIC
REGARDING FLOODING AND SEND PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO, THE NOAA WEATHER WIRE AND THE INTERNET. FEEL FREE TO
BROADCAST, PRINT OR USE THE INFORMATION IN THESE PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENTS AS YOU SEE FIT. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS ASKING
THE MEDIA AND EMERGENCY MANAGERS TO HELP US EDUCATE THE PUBLIC
CONCERNING THE DANGER OF FLOODS. THAT IS THE GOAL OF NEXT WEEK.

THE TOPICS THAT WE WILL FOCUS ON NEXT WEEK ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MONDAY: FLOOD SAFETY
TUESDAY: TURN AROUND, DON/T DROWN
WEDNESDAY: FLOOD HAZARDS
THURSDAY: NWS SERVICES
FRIDAY: PARTNERS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK
CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE:

HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/ (ALL LOWER CASE)

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DAVE NICOSIA WARNING COORDINATION
METEOROLOGIST FOR NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
BINGHAMTON AT 607-770-9531 X 223 OR VIA EMAIL AT
DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

$$
DAVID J. NICOSIA
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY







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