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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
515 AM EDT THU MAR 19 2015

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 15 THROUGH MARCH 21
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 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.
WWW.WEATHER.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.
HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/INUNDATION.PHP

WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (WPC) PRECIPITATION FORECASTS: WPC
PROVIDES PRECIPITATION FORECASTS FORE 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.  WWW.WPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

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.
HTTP://WATER. WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/RFC/RFC.PHP

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEBSITE: ON THIS PAGE, YOU WILL FIND
INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER A FLOOD.
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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 TO LEAVE THEIR WHEN SO ORDERED. ALL FOUR PEOPLE PERISHED
WHEN THE HOME 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.

JOIN US TOMORROW TO FIND OUT ABOUT SOME GREAT FLOOD RESOURCES
OFFERED BY SEVERAL NWS PARTNERS.


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