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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
945 AM EDT MON MAR 17 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN BUFFALO WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD
TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: 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.

PREPARE:
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.

BE AWARE:
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 MORE
INFORMATION.

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 DONT DROWN
PROGRAM.







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