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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
430 AM CDT THU MAR 20 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) TRADITIONALLY DECLARES THE THIRD
WEEK OF MARCH AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.  THIS YEAR THE NWS
CELEBRATES FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS FOR THE PERIOD OF MARCH 16TH
THROUGH MARCH 22ND.  EACH WEEKDAY DURING THIS AWARENESS WEEK...THE
NWS DISCUSSES DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPICS.

TODAY TOPIC:  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WATER RESOURCES

THE NWS HOMEPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV PROVIDES UP TO DATE WEATHER AND
FLOOD ADVISORIES...WATCHES...AND WARNINGS FOR THE UNITED STATES.
THE NWS ALSO PROVIDES SEVERAL ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO ASSIST
EMERGENCY MANAGERS...PUBLIC OFFICIALS...AND CITIZENS TO AID THEIR
WATER DECISIONS AS DETAILED BELOW.


ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE (AHPS):

AHPS PROVIDES A SUITE OF RIVER AND FLOOD FORECASTS AS WELL AS WATER
INFORMATION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.  AHPS ALSO HELPS TO ENSURE
OUR NATION`S ECONOMIC WELL BEING TO AID DECISIONS FOR COMMERCIAL
NAVIGATION ON OUR WATERWAYS.  PLEASE VISIT WATER.WEATHER.GOV ON THE
INTERNET.


FLOOD INUNDATION MAPPING:

THE ABILITY TO DETERMINE HOW MANY CITY BLOCKS AND ROADS MAY FLOOD
DURING AN EVENT CONTINUES TO BECOME CLEARER WITH FLOOD INUNDATION
MAPPING.  THE NWS AND NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE ARE COLLABORATING WITH
THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS)...THE ARMY CORPS OF
ENGINEERS (USACE)...THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)
AND OUR OTHER PARTNERS TO DEVELOP THESE INUNDATION MAPS FOR
FLOODING.  PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING SITE AT
WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/INUNDATION.PHP.


WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER PRECIPITATION FORECAST:

THE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (WPC) PROVIDES RAIN AND SNOW FORECASTS
FOR THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES.   THE WPC ALSO ISSUES EXCESSIVE
RAINFALL FORECASTS...SHORT-RANGE DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING HEAVY
RAINFALL EVENTS...AND SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN PROBABILITIES.  PLEASE
VISIT WWW.WPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV


NWS RIVER FORECAST CENTERS (RFC):

THE NWS HAS A NETWORK OF THIRTEEN RFC`S FOR THE ENTIRE UNITED
STATES.  THESE RFC`S COLLECT...PROCESS...AND PROVIDE WATER
RESOURCE...RIVER FORECASTS...AND RIVER INFORMATION FOR ALL OF THE
MAJOR RIVER BASINS IN OUR NATION.  PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING
WEBSITE:  WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/RFC/RFC.PHP


FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEBSITE:

AT FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV...YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO
BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER A FLOOD.  STAYING AWARE OF EVOLVING
WEATHER SITUATIONS CAN HELP YOU PREPARE WHEN FLOODING OR WEATHER
HAZARDS IMPACT YOUR AREA.

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FRIDAY TO LEARN ABOUT SOME FLOOD RESOURCES
OFFERED BY SEVERAL NWS PARTNERS.

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