Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Hastings, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
734 AM CDT WED MAR 18 2015

...FLOOD SAFTEY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HASTINGS NEBRASKA HAS DECLARED
MARCH 16TH THROUGH MARCH 20TH 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 WARNING. IT IS VITAL TO
YOUR SAFETY TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

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 HOME...TO 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 HIGHER 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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FLOODING CAN BE FOUND AT
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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