Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
714 AM CDT WED MAR 18 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 21 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY OF THE AWARENESS
WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD RELATED TOPIC.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING. ITS VITAL TO
YOUR SAFETY TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING.

WATCH - GET READY! A WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC WEATHER HAZARD
IS POSSIBLE. FOR EXAMPLE...IF CONDITIONS ARE SUCH THAT FLOODING MAY
OCCUR...A WATCH WILL BE ISSUED. FLOODING IS NOT YET OCCURRING
WHEN A WATCH IS ISSUED. THIS GIVES YOU TIME TO GET PREPARED. IF YOUR
HOME IS IN A LOW LYING AREA...YOU CAN PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF
FLOOD WATERS IMPACTING THE STRUCTURE. YOU CAN ALSO PLAN ALTERNATE
ROUTES FOR GETTING TO HOME...WORK OR SCHOOL IF YOU KNOW CERTAIN
ROADS YOU USUALLY TAKE COULD BE COVERED BY WATER. THE WATCH ALSO
GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO TEST YOUR COMMUNICATIONS PLAN AND ALERT FAMILY
AND FRIENDS TO THE THREAT OF DANGEROUS WEATHER.

WARNING - TAKE ACTION! A WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC WEATHER
HAZARD IS CURRENTLY OCCURRING OR WILL BE OCCURRING VERY SOON. IF A
FLOOD OR FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED AND YOU ARE IN A FLOOD PRONE
AREA MOVE IMMEDIATELY TO HIGH GROUND. FOLLOW EVACUATION ORDERS IF
THEY ARE ISSUED...IF YOU ENCOUNTER A ROADWAY THAT IS COVERED IN
WATER...DO NOT ENTER THE WATER!

TURN AROUND DONT DROWN! IT IS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK
THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

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TERRY









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