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Issued by NWS Burlington, VT

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000 NOUS41 KBTV 180900 PNSBTV NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-190000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT 500 AM EDT WED MAR 18 2015 ...NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT HAS DECLARED MARCH 15 THROUGH MARCH 21 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 A WARNING. IT IS VITAL TO YOUR SAFETY TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FLOOD WATCH AND A FLOOD WARNING. FLOOD WATCH, GET READY! A FLOOD WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC FLOOD 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 TO HOME, WORK OR SCHOOL IF YOU KNOW CERTAIN ROADS YOU USUALLY TAKE COULD BE COVERED BY WATER. THE FLOOD WATCH ALSO GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO TEST YORU COMMUNICATIONS PLAN AND ALERT FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO THE THREAT OF DANGEROUS WEATHER. FLOOD WARNING, TAKE ACTION! A FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC FLOOD 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, DON`T DROWN! IT IS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH FLOOD WATERS. $$

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