Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
354 AM CDT WED MAR 18 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKA HAS DECLARED
MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 20 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY
OF THE WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED
TOPIC.

TODAY/S TOPIC: 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 BE 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 TO YOUR 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 DON/T DROWN! IT IS NEVER
SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT:

WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLASH FLOODING.

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BROOKS




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