Public Information Statement
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000 NOUS41 KOKX 131118 PNSOKX PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 715 AM EDT MON MAR 13 2017 ...THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK... TODAYS TOPIC IS NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVANCED HYDROLOGICAL PREDICTION SERVICE (AHPS). AHPS IS AN ONGOING EFFORT TO MODERNIZE FLOOD FORECASTING SERVICES. IT PROVIDES IMPROVED RIVER AND FLOOD FORECASTS AND WATER INFORMATION ACROSS AMERICA TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY AND ENSURE THE NATIONS ECONOMIC WELL-BEING. EVERYONE WHO MAKES DECISIONS BASED ON WATER...INCLUDING FARMERS... RIVER BOAT PILOTS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS...MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY OFFICIALS...RECREATIONISTS AND DAM OPERATORS...CAN BENEFIT FROM AHPS. BECAUSE EVERY MINUTE COUNTS...AHPS WILL HELP EMERGENCY MANAGERS BE MORE PROACTIVE TO FIGHT A FLOOD. AHPS PROVIDES INFORMATION FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO MAKE BETTER LIFE- AND PROPERTY-SAVING DECISIONS BEFORE A FLOOD. THE NAVIGATION COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO PLAN WITH BETTER CONFIDENCE AND OPTIMIZE BARGE AND SHIPPING OPERATIONS...SAVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. RECREATIONAL USERS WILL BE ABLE TO STAY OUT OF HARMS WAY. AHPS...WITH ITS SUITE OF ENHANCED INFORMATION...PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH MORE DETAILED AND ACCURATE ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS...HOW HIGH WILL THE RIVERS RISE...WHEN WILL THE RIVER REACH ITS PEAK...WHERE WILL THE FLOODING OCCUR...HOW LONG WILL THE FLOOD LAST...HOW LONG WILL THE DROUGHT LAST...HOW CERTAIN IS THE FORECAST. TO ACCESS AHPS FOR THE NWS NEW YORK NY SERVICE AREA GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE. HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=OKX THE TOPICS THAT WE WILL FOCUS ON THE REST OF THIS WEEK ARE... TUESDAY...TURN AROUND DONT DROWN. WEDNESDAY...FLOODING AND RELATED PHENOMENA. THURSDAY...FLOOD INSURANCE. FRIDAY...FLOOD SAFETY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK USE THIS WEB SITE... HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...CONTACT GARY CONTE AT GARY.CONTE@NOAA.GOV OR NANCY FURBUSH AT NANCY.FURBUSH@NOAA.GOV.

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