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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
634 AM EDT Fri Mar 17 2017

...Flood Safety Awareness Week Continues...

The National Weather Service has declared March 13 through March 17,
2017, as Flood Safety Awareness Week. The National Weather Service
in Caribou will feature information about a different flood topic
each day during the week.

Today`s topic: Partner Resources

The National Weather Service works with and relies on strategic
partners involved in river observations, reservoir management,
floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, and flood
preparedness and safety to reduce the loss of life and property due
to floods. Today we are sharing some great tools from several of our
partners.

American Red Cross family disaster plan
www.redcross.org/location/home-family

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) flood safety information
www.flash.org/peril_flood.php

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Safety information: www.ready.gov
Safety kit assembly: www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
Property protection and flood insurance: www.floodsmart.gov
Assess your flood risk: https://msc.fema.gov

United States Corps of Engineers (USACE) flood information
http://usace.army.mil/missions/emergencyoperations/floods.aspx

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Water watch: http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?ID=ww
Water alert: http://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/wateralert

The National Weather Service works with many key partners to
complete its mission of protecting life and property. Some
additional key partners are the National Hydrologic Warning Council,
Association of State Floodplain Managers, the National Safety
Council, media outlets, and many other government and private sector
organizations. For more information about any of our partners, or to
learn about partners local to your area, contact your local NWS
office.

As we wrap up Flood Safety Awareness Week, remember that flooding
can occur in any of the fifty states or U.S. territories at any time
of the year. Prepare yourself, your family, and your home. Be aware
of potential flooding in your area, turn around, don`t drown, and
help make the U.S. a more weather ready nation!

For more information, please contact your local NWS office or email
hydro.outreach@noaa.gov.

Safety Tip of the Day - Do you know the difference between a Flood
Watch and a Flood Warning? The National Weather Service in Caribou
issues a Flood Watch to make the public aware of the potential for
flooding due to favorable conditions such as heavy rain or river ice
breakup. If a Flood Watch is issued for your area, stay alert for
rapidly changing conditions and forecast updates, especially if you
live along a river or stream or in a low-lying area. A Flood Warning
is issued when dangerous flooding is imminent or already occurring.
If you hear a Flood Warning has been issued for your area, don`t
hesitate. Get to safety immediately!

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter this week for additional
flood safety information. https://www.facebook.com/NWSCaribou
https://twitter.com/nwscaribou

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Hewitt



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