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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
1005 AM CDT MON MAR 17 2014

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK STARTS TODAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 16TH THROUGH MARCH
22ND AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
VALLEY NEBRASKA WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD
TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAYS 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
US 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 89
FATALITIES ANNUALLY. BEING PREPARED AND KNOWING HOW TO STAY SAFE
WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONE 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 NEWLY REDESIGNED FLOOD
SAFETY WEBSITE AT WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

BE AWARE. FIND THE LATEST FORECASTS AND HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS
AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV AND WATER.WEATHER.GOV. FORECASTERS IN NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO ENSURE
WATCHES...WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO
HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. THE SAME INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON YOUR
MOBILE DEVICE AT MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV. SOME SMART PHONES ARE ABLE TO
RECEIVE FLASH FLOOD WARNING ALERTS VIA THE WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERT
SYSTEM. VISIT WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/WEA.HTML FOR
MORE INFORMATION.

ANOTHER TOOL TO ALERT YOU TO HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IS NOAA ALL
HAZARDS RADIO. THIS NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO STATIONS BROADCASTS
CONTINUOUS WEATHER...RIVER AND OTHER EMERGENCY INFORMATION DIRECT
FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 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...VISIT
WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML.

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
TURN AROUND DONT DROWN PROGRAM.

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