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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
512 AM CDT FRI MAR 21 2014

...NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: AHPS AND NWS PARTNER RESOURCES

THE ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE, OR AHPS, IS AN ONGOING
EFFORT TO MODERNIZE THE NWS`S HYDROLOGIC SERVICES. AHPS PROVIDES
RIVER AND FLOOD FORECASTS AND WATER INFORMATION ACROSS AMERICA TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. IT ALSO HELPS ENSURE THE NATION`S
ECONOMIC WELL BEING. EVERYONE WHO MAKES DECISIONS BASED ON WATER,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FARMERS, RIVER BOAT PILOTS, EMERGENCY
MANAGERS, MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY OFFICIALS, RECREATIONISTS AND DAM
OPERATORS, CAN BENEFIT FROM AHPS. YOU CAN GET TO AHPS FROM THE NWS
WEBSITE.

WITH ITS SUITE OF ENHANCED INFORMATION...AHPS ENABLES YOU TO GET
RELIABLE ANSWERS TO SUCH QUESTIONS AS:

HOW HIGH WILL THE RIVER RISE?
WHEN WILL THE RIVER REACH ITS PEAK?
WHERE WILL THE FLOODING OCCUR?
HOW LONG WILL THE FLOOD LAST?
WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS OF THE FLOOD?
HOW LONG WILL THE DROUGHT LAST?
HOW CERTAIN IS THE FORECAST?

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WORKS WITH AND RELIES ON STRATEGIC
PARTNERS INVOLVED IN RIVER OBSERVATIONS...RESERVOIR
MANAGEMENT...FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT...FLOOD HAZARD
MITIGATION...AND FLOOD PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY TO REDUCE THE LOSS
OF LIFE AND PROPERTY DUE TO FLOODS. TODAY WE ARE SHARING SOME
GREAT TOOLS FROM SEVERAL OF OUR PARTNERS.

AMERICAN RED CROSS
FAMILY DISASTER PLAN: WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/PREPARE/LOCATION/HOME-FAMILY

FEDERAL ALLIANCE FOR SAFE HOMES (FLASH)
FLOOD SAFETY INFORMATION: WWW.FLASH.ORG/PERIL_FLOOD.PHP

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)
SAFETY INFORMATION:  WWW.READY.GOV.
SAFETY KIT ASSEMBLY: WWW.READY.GOV/BUILD-A-KIT
PROPERTY PROTECTION AND FLOOD INSURANCE: WWW.FLOODSMART.GOV.
ASSESS YOUR FLOOD RISK: HTTPS://MSC.FEMA.GOV.

UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FLOOD INFORMATION:
HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL/MISSIONS/EMERGENCYOPERATIONS/FLOODS.ASPX

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WATER WATCH:
HTTP://WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV/INDEX.PHP?ID=WW

WATER ALERT - NATIONAL WATER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
HTTP://MAPS.WATERDATA.USGS.GOV/MAPPER/WATERALERT/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WORKS WITH MANY KEY PARTNERS TO
COMPLETE THE MISSION OF PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY. SOME
ADDITIONAL KEY PARTNERS ARE THE NATIONAL HYDROLOGIC WARNING
COUNCIL...ASSOCIATION OF STATE FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS...THE NATIONAL
SAFETY COUNCIL...MEDIA OUTLETS...AND MANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AND
PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF
OUR PARTNERS...OR TO LEARN ABOUT PARTNERS LOCAL TO YOUR
AREA...CONTACT YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE.

AS WE WRAP UP THE 2014 FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...REMEMBER...
FLOODING CAN OCCUR IN ANY OF THE FIFTY STATES OR U.S. TERRITORIES
AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. PREPARE YOURSELF...YOUR  FAMILY...AND
YOUR HOME. BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL FLOODING IN YOUR AREA...TURN
AROUND DON`T DROWN...AND HELP MAKE THE U.S. A MORE WEATHER READY
NATION! HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

JAMES LAROSA, SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
NWS NASHVILLE
PHONE: 615-754-8500 EXT. 228
EMAIL: JAMES.LAROSA@NOAA.GOV

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