Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME
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...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: National Weather Service Water Resources
The NWS homepage, www.weather.gov, provides up-to-date weather and
water advisory, watch, and warning information for the U.S. and its
territories. However, the NWS also provides many additional
resources to help emergency managers, public officials, and private
citizens make water decisions.
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS): AHPS provides a suite
of river and flood forecasts and water information to protect life
and property and helps ensure the nation`s economic well-being. It
can be found by visiting www.water.weather.gov.
Flood inundation mapping: The ability to look into the future to see
how many city blocks and roads might be flooded is becoming clearer
with flood inundation mapping. NOAA`s NWS and National Ocean Service
are collaborating with the USGS, USACE, FEMA, and other partners to
develop these inundation maps for flooding. To learn more, visit
Weather Prediction Center (WPC) precipitation forecasts: WPC
provides precipitation forecasts for the entire U.S., including
Puerto Rico. WPC also issues excessive rainfall forecasts, short-
range discussions on heavy rainfall events, and snowfall and
freezing rain probabilities. These products and more can be found at
NWS River Forecast Centers (RFCs): The National Weather Service has
a network of thirteen RFCs across the United States. These RFCs
collect, process, and provide water resource and river forecasts and
information for major river basins across the country. The Northeast
RFC, located in Taunton, MA, serves all of New England. You can
visit their website at www.weather.gov/nerfc.
Flood Safety Awareness website: On this page, you will find
information on what to do before, during, and after a flood. Visit
www.floodsafety.noaa.gov for more.
Staying aware of an evolving weather situation can help you prepare
when flooding or other weather hazards impact your area. Be a force
of nature! www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation
Safety Tip of the Day - Always obey emergency personnel during a
flooding situation. They are only acting to keep you, your loved
ones, and their staff safe. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so
immediately! Although you may think that your home is out of harm`s
way, the inconvenience of having to leave is minor compared to
potentially losing your life. In 2013 in Arkansas, a police officer
and a wildlife ranger attempted to rescue a couple who had refused
to evacuate their home when so ordered. All four people perished
when the house collapsed due to the rising flood waters. The saddest
part is that these deaths were completely preventable, if only the
couple had evacuated their home when told to do so.
Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter this week for additional
flood safety information. https://www.facebook.com/NWSCaribou
Join us tomorrow for information on some great flood resources
offered by several NWS partners.