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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
122 PM PDT MON OCT 20 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

OCTOBER 20TH THROUGH 24TH IS CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK! THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO AND
MONTEREY BAY AREAS WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH
DAY DURING THE PREPAREDNESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: FLOOD SAFETY AND AWARENESS.

IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED
STATES THAN ANY OTHER WEATHER RELATED EVENT, WITH AN AVERAGE OF
EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND AN AVERAGE OF NINETY FIVE
FATALITIES PER YEAR IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS. BEING PREPARED IN
ADVANCE AND KNOWING A FEW FLOOD SAFETY TIPS WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR
FAMILY SURVIVE A FLOOD IF IT HAPPENS IN YOUR AREA.

KNOWING YOUR RISK IN ADVANCE IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR
FLOODING OF ANY TYPE IN YOUR LOCATION. MANY OF OUR PARTNERS
PROVIDE INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DETERMINE IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD-
PRONE AREA. FOR EXAMPLE, OUR FEDERAL PARTNER FEMA HAS AN ONLINE
MAP SERVICE CENTER THAT YOU CAN VISIT TO SEE IF YOU LIVE IN A
FLOOD PLAIN. ALSO KNOWING IF THERE IS A DAM OR LEVEE SYSTEM IN
YOUR AREA IS IMPORTANT. ANOTHER FEDERAL PARTNER, THE U.S. ARMY
CORPS OF ENGINEERS, HAS INFORMATION ABOUT MANY DAMS AND LEVEE
SYSTEMS. BUT THEY DO NOT OWN OR CONTROL ALL OF THEM, SO CONTACT
YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE OR WATER DISTRICT TO FIND OUT MORE. IF A DAM
OR LEVEE FAILS, FLOODING CAN HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY. KNOWING THE
APPROPRIATE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ACTIONS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB PAGE IDENTIFIES WHERE FLOODING IS
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. YOU CAN ACCESS THIS INFORMATION BY VISITING
THE NWS WEBSITE TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, THREE
HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE DAYS A YEAR, FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE WEATHER,
FLOOD, AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION. THE NWS MOBILE WEBSITE CAN ALSO
BE ACCESSED BY MANY MOBILE DEVICES AND SMART PHONES.

NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO IS ANOTHER WAY TO RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF
EMERGENCY INFORMATION, INCLUDING EMERGENCY FLOOD INFORMATION, VERY
QUICKLY. NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO IS A NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO
STATIONS BROADCASTING CONTINUOUS WEATHER, RIVER, AND OTHER
EMERGENCY INFORMATION DIRECT FROM NEARBY NWS OFFICES AND EMERGENCY
OFFICIALS. YOU CAN PURCHASE AN ALL HAZARDS RADIO FROM MANY
ELETRONICS STORES AND THEY CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO RECEIVE
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IF IT CONTAINS THE SPECIFIC AREA
MESSAGE ENCODING CAPABILITY, KNOWN AS SAME. YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE
CAN HELP YOU WITH THE NECESSARY CODES AND PROGRAMMING IF YOU HAVE
ANY TROUBLE GETTING YOUR ALL HAZARDS RADIO PROGRAMMED.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR A FLOOD. FOR
MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS
WEBSITE.

JOIN US TOMORROW AND THE REST OF THE WEEK FOR INFORMATION ON
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOOD HAZARDS.

&&

IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES
LOCAL NWS OFFICE:
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MTR

LOCAL RIVER FORECAST CENTER:
HTTP://WWW.CNRFC.NOAA.GOV

NWS:
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/

NWS MOBILE:
HTTP://MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV

CALIFORNIA FLOOD PREPAREDNESS:
HTTP://WWW.WATER.CA.GOV/FLOODSAFE/CA-FLOOD-PREPAREDNESS/FPW_HOME.CFM

FEMA:
HTTP://WWW.FEMA.GOV/FEMA/

MAP SERVICE CENTER:
HTTPS://MSC.FEMA.GOV

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS:
HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/

$$






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