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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
747 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 TAUNTON WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT
FLOOD TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THIS 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 NINETY-FIVE 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 FLOODPLAIN BY VISITING OUR PARTNERS AT FEMA AT
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/BOX 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
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 DIRECTLY 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!  VISIT WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML
FOR MORE DETAILS.

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

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