Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Burlington, VT

Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
000
NOUS41 KBTV 170900
PNSBTV
NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-180000-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT MON MAR 17 2014

...NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 17 THROUGH 21, 2014,

NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH

DAY DURING THE WEEK. TODAY`S TOPIC: FLOOD PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY.



NEARLY EVERY DAY, FLOODING HAPPENS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR

ITS TERRITORIES. FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED STATES THAN

ANY OTHER WEATHER RELATED EVENT. ON AVERAGE, FLOODS CAUSE EIGHT BILLION

DOLLARS IN DAMAGE AND NINETY FIVE FATALITIES ANNUALLY. BEING PREPARED

AND KNOWING HOW TO STAY SAFE WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES SURVIVE

A FLOOD.



PREPARE...BEFORE AND DURING THE FLOOD, AWARENESS AND PREPARATION ARE KEY.

KNOW YOUR FLOOD RISK AND ELEVATION ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. DO YOUR LOCAL STREAMS

OR RIVERS FLOOD EASILY? IF SO, BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY.

KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTES. FIND OUT WHICH FLOODING HAZARDS IMPACT YOUR

STATE AT WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/MAP.SHTML. FLOOD PLAIN INFORMATION IS

AVAILABLE FROM FEMA AT HTTPS://MSC.FEMA.GOV, OR CONTACT YOUR TOWN`S

FLOODPLAIN MANAGER.



ASSEMBLE A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT CONTAINING A FIRST AID KIT, CANNED FOOD

AND CAN OPENER, BOTTLED WATER, RUBBER BOOTS AND GLOVES, A, NOAA WEATHER

RADIO AND BATTERY POWERED RADIO, FLASHLIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES. GO TO

WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION.



BE AWARE...FIND THE LATEST FORECASTS AND HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS AT

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BTV. FORECASTERS IN NWS OFFICES WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO

ENSURE WATCHES, WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO

HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. FLOOD WATCHES ARE ISSUED WHEN FLOODING IS POSSIBLE,

AND FLOOD OR FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS WHEN FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR ALREADY

OCCURRING. THE SAME INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE AT

HTTP://MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV. SOME SMARTPHONES 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!



NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO RECEIVE WARNINGS FROM

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THIS NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO STATIONS

BROADCASTS CONTINUOUS WEATHER, RIVER AND OTHER EMERGENCY INFORMATION

DIRECT FROM NWS OFFICES AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. FOR MORE INFORMATION,

VISIT WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/NWR/.



OUR PARTNERS IN LOCAL TELEVISION, RADIO, AND PRINT MEDIA ARE CRUCIAL LINKS

IN NOTIFYING AND WARNING THE PUBLIC OF FLOOD THREATS AND ARE AN EXCELLENT

SOURCE FOR THE LATEST WEATHER AND FLOOD INFORMATION.



SAFETY RULES...THE RISK FROM FLOODING CAN BE REDUCED BY FOLLOWING ONE

BASIC RULE: STAY AWAY FROM FLOOD WATERS! MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN

AUTOMOBILES. TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED

ROADWAY. THE ROAD BED MAY NOT BE INTACT UNDER FLOOD WATERS, AND IT ONLY

TAKES A FEW INCHES OF MOVING WATER TO SWEEP A VEHICLE AWAY. IF THE VEHICLE

STALLS, LEAVE IT IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK HIGHER GROUND. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS

AT NIGHT WHEN FLOOD WATERS ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO SEE.



STAY AWAY FROM AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING. THIS INCLUDES DIPS, LOW SPOTS,

CREEK BEDS, CANYONS AND RAVINES. AVOID ALREADY FLOODED AREAS, AND STREAMS

AND RIVERS WITH HIGH VELOCITY FLOWS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS.



CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER PLAY AROUND HIGH WATER, FAST RUNNING STREAMS, STORM

DRAINS OR CULVERTS. ROCKS AND STREAM BANKS CAN BE SLIPPERY, AND THE RAPIDLY

FLOWING FLOODWATERS CAN QUICKLY CARRY A CHILD OR ADULT AWAY.



NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES ON TUESDAY WITH TURN AROUND

DON`T DROWN (TADD).


$$



USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.