Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Shreveport, LA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
1101 AM CDT WED MAR 18 2015

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 16 THROUGH 20 OF 2015...

...TODAY`S TOPIC...THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND WARNING...

A WATCH MEANS TO BE READY AND PREPARE.  A WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN A
SPECIFIC WEATHER HAZARD IS POSSIBLE.  FOR EXAMPLE...IF CONDITIONS
ARE SUCH THAT FLOODING MAY OCCUR...A FLOOD WATCH WILL BE ISSUED.  A
WATCH GIVES TIME FOR PREPARATIONS.  THIS INCLUDES PREPARING YOUR
HOME FOR FLOODING IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD PLAIN OR DRIVING ALTERNATE
ROUTES TO AVOID FLOODED ROADS TO REACH HOME...WORK...OR SCHOOL.
FINALLY...A WATCH ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO TEST YOUR COMMUNICATIONS PLANS
AND ALERT FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO THE THREAT OF DANGEROUS WEATHER.

A WARNING MEANS TO TAKE ACTION.  A WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC
WEATHER HAZARD IS 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 HIGHER GROUND.  FOLLOW EVACUATION ORDERS
IF THEY ARE ISSUED.  IF YOU ENCOUNTER A ROADWAY THAT IS COVERED IN
WATER...DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE THROUGH THE WATER.  TURN AROUND...DON`T
DROWN.  IT IS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

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