Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
940 AM CDT MON MAR 17 2014

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK DAY 1...FLOOD SAFETY...PREPAREDNESS
AND AWARENESS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NWS IN DES MOINES
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
HTTP://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 WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/.


...BE AWARE...

FIND THE LATEST FORECASTS AND HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS AT
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ AND HTTP://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
HTTP://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 HTTP://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.
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML


JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON THE NWS TURN AROUND DON/T
DROWN PROGRAM.

$$

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