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...Flood Safety Awareness Week Starts Today...

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: Flood Safety - Preparedness and Awareness

Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or
its territories. Flooding can occur in any of the fifty states or
U.S. territories at any time of the year. It causes more damage in
the United States than any other weather-related event. On average,
floods cause eight billion dollars in damages and eighty-nine
fatalities annually. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe
will help you and your loved ones survive a flood.

Prepare - Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for
flooding. Find out which flooding hazards impact your state at
www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/map.shtml. You can also find out if you
live in a flood plain by visiting our partners at FEMA at
https://msc.fema.gov. There are many tips for what to do before,
during, and after a flood on our flood safety website at
www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.

Be Aware - Find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather
conditions at www.weather.gov/car and www.water.weather.gov.
Forecasters in NWS offices work around the clock to ensure watches,
warnings, and advisories are issued to alert the public to hazardous
weather conditions. The same information is available on your mobile
device at http://mobile.weather.gov. Most smart phones 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.

Another tool to alert you to hazardous weather conditions is NOAA
All Hazards Radio. 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/.

Stay safe during a flood by knowing your risk and where to get the
latest forecast and hazard information. Be a force of nature!
www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html.

Safety Tip of the Day - Be prepared before a flood strikes. Know the
flooding risks in your area and what steps you can take to keep your
family and property safe. Prepare an emergency supply kit that
contains water, food, necessary medications, a battery-powered radio
with extra batteries, and other essential supplies. Have an
evacuation plan ready, including alternate routes to higher ground
should the main roads become impassible. Don`t wait until it is too
late. Now is the time to prepare!

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

Join us tomorrow for information on the NWS Turn Around, Don`t Drown
program.



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