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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
724 AM CDT WED MAR 18 2015

The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared March 15 through
March 21 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood
related topic.

Know the Difference between a Watch and a Warning

It`s vital to your safety to know the difference between a watch and
a warning.

Watch - Get Ready! A Watch is issued when a specific weather hazard
is possible. For example, if conditions are such that flooding may
occur, a watch will be issued. Flooding is not yet occurring when a
watch is issued. This gives you time to get prepared. If your home
is in a low lying area, you can prepare for the possibility of flood
waters impacting the structure. You can also plan alternate routes
for getting to home, work or school if you know certain roads you
usually take could be covered by water. The Watch also gives you a
chance to test your communications plan and alert family and friends
to the threat of dangerous weather.

Warning - Take Action! A Warning is issued when a specific weather
hazard is currently occurring or will be occurring very soon. If a
Flood or Flash Flood Warning is issued and you are in a flood prone
area move immediately to high ground. Follow evacuation orders if
they are issued. If you encounter a roadway that is covered in
water, do NOT enter the water! Turn Around Don`t Drown! It is never
safe to drive or walk through flood waters.

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