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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
552 AM CDT MON MAR 17 2014

...2014 FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 16TH THROUGH 22ND
AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
NASHVILLE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH DAY
DURING THIS YEARS AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: FLOOD SAFETY AND AWARENESS

IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED
STATES THAN ANY OTHER WEATHER RELATED EVENT...WITH AN AVERAGE OF
EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND AN AVERAGE OF NINETY FIVE
FATALITIES PER YEAR IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS. FLOODING CAN OCCUR
IN ANY OF THE FIFTY STATES OR U.S. TERRITORIES AT ANY TIME OF THE
YEAR...SOMETIMES VERY QUICKLY. BEING PREPARED IN ADVANCE AND
KNOWING A FEW FLOOD SAFETY TIPS WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
SURVIVE A FLOOD IF IT HAPPENS IN YOUR AREA.

KNOWING YOUR RISK IN ADVANCE IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR
FLOODING OF ANY TYPE IN YOUR LOCATION. MANY OF OUR PARTNERS
PROVIDE INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DETERMINE IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD
PRONE AREA. FOR EXAMPLE...OUR FEDERAL PARTNER FEMA HAS AN ON-LINE
MAP SERVICE CENTER THAT YOU CAN VISIT TO SEE IF YOU LIVE IN A
FLOOD PLAIN. ALSO KNOWING IF THERE IS A DAM OR LEVEE SYSTEM IN
YOUR AREA IS IMPORTANT. SOMETIMES IT IS OBVIOUS IF A DAM OR LEVEE
IS IN YOUR AREA. OTHER TIMES IT IS NOT...ESPECIALLY IN YOU HAVE
JUST MOVED TO THE AREA OR ARE ONLY VISITING. ANOTHER FEDERAL
PARTNER...THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS INFORMATION ABOUT
MANY DAMS AND LEVEE SYSTEMS. BUT THEY DO NOT OWN OR CONTROL ALL OF
THEM. CONTACT THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. IT IS A
GREAT RESOURCE TO FIND OUT ABOUT DAMS AND LEVEES IN YOUR AREA AND
THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THEM. IF A DAM OR LEVEE FAILS...FLASH
FLOODING CAN HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY AND YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO
BEFORE IT HAPPENS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB PAGE IDENTIFIES WHERE FLOODING IS
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. YOU CAN ACCESS THIS INFORMATION BY VISITING
THE NWS WEBSITE TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY...SEVEN DAYS A
WEEK...THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE DAYS A YEAR...FOR THE MOST UP TO
DATE WEATHER...FLOOD...AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION. THE NWS MOBILE
WEBSITE CAN ALSO BE ACCESSED BY MANY MOBILE DEVICES AND SMART
PHONES.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS IS ANOTHER WAY TO RECEIVE ANY TYPE
OF EMERGENCY INFORMATION...INCLUDING EMERGENCY FLOOD
INFORMATION...VERY QUICKLY. NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS IS A
NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF RADIO STATIONS BROADCASTING CONTINUOUS
WEATHER...RIVER AND OTHER EMERGENCY INFORMATION DIRECT FROM NEARBY
NWS OFFICES AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. YOU CAN PURCHASE AN ALL
HAZARDS RADIO FROM MANY ELECTRONICS STORES AND THEY CAN BE
PROGRAMMED TO RECEIVE INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IF IT
CONTAINS THE SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE ENCODING CAPABILITY...KNOWN AS
SAME. YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE CAN HELP YOU WITH THE NECESSARY CODES
AN PROGRAMMING IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE GETTING YOUR ALL HAZARDS
RADIO PROGRAMMED. ALSO ALL HAZARDS RADIOS CAN BE PORTABLE IF THEY
HAVE A BATTERY BACK UP AND CAN COME IN HANDY ON TRIPS WHERE YOU
NEED TO KNOW IMPORTANT WEATHER INFORMATION INCLUDING INFORMATION
ON CURRENT FLOOD RISKS.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR A FLOOD. FOR
MORE INFORMATION...PLEASE VISIT OUR FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS
WEBSITE.

KNOWING YOUR FLOOD RISK...HOW TO PREPARE FOR AND ACTIONS TO TAKE
BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER A FLOOD CAN SAVE YOU
TIME...MONEY...AND EVENT YOUR LIFE. PREPARE NOW...AND BE A FORCE
OF NATURE!

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOODS.

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IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES


NWS AHPS: WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS

NWS: WWW.WEATHER.GOV

NWS NASHVILLE: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NASHVILLE

NWS MOBILE SITE: MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS: WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

BE A FORCE OF NATURE: WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML

FEMA: WWW.FEMA.GOV

FEMA`S MAP SERVICE CENTER: MSC.FEMA.GOV

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL

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