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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Albany, NY
800 AM EDT Wed  Mar 15 2017

The National Weather Service (NWS) Albany, NY has declared March 13
through March 17 as Flood Safety Awareness Week. Each day during the
awareness week will feature information about a different flood related
topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for safety and preparedness
messages throughout the week.

Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
Its 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 affecting 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 Dont Drown! It is never safe to drive or walk through
flood waters.

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