National Flood Safety Awareness Week

By: national weather service
By: national weather service

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
630 AM CDT MON MAR 16 2009

...2009 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN
THE FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAYS THEME IS THE ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE OR AHPS.
AHPS IS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S ON-GOING EFFORT TO MODERNIZE
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE FROM FLOODS TO DROUGHTS. AHPS PROVIDES WATER
PREDICTION AND DELIVERY METHODS TO SERVE YOUR NEED AND THE NEEDS
OF ALL OUR PARTNERS IN PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY RANGING FROM
FLOODS TO DROUGHTS.

EVERYONE WHO MAKES DECISIONS BASED ON WATER...INCLUDING FARMERS...
RIVER BOAT PILOTS...EMERGENCY MANAGERS...MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY
OFFICIALS...RECREATIONISTS...AND DAM OPERATORS CAN BENEFIT FROM
AHPS.

AHPS PROVIDES YOU WITH USER FRIENDLY TEXT AND GRAPHICAL FORECASTS
THAT ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THE GOAL OF THESE PRODUCTS IS TO HELP
EMERGENCY MANAGERS TO BE BETTER PREPARED TO DEFEND THEIR
COMMUNITIES FROM FLOODS...AND HELP RECREATIONAL WATER USERS STAY
OUT OF HARM'S WAY. THE NAVIGATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO
PLAN WITH BETTER CONFIDENCE AND OPTIMIZE BARGE AND SHIPPING
OPERATIONS...SAVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. HOME OWNERS...
FARMERS AND RESERVOIR OPERATORS WILL KNOW WHEN THE DROUGHT WILL
RELAX AND LAWNS...SHRUBBERY...GARDENS AND AREA RESERVOIRS WILL
RECEIVE NEEDED RAINFALL.

AHPS...WITH ITS SUITE OF ENHANCED INFORMATION...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?

THE NWS HAS RECENTLY ADDED SOME ENHANCEMENTS TO THE AHPS PAGES.
THESE ENHANCEMENTS INCLUDE:

- MULTI-SENSORED PRECIPITATION INFORMATION
- FLOOD INUNDATION MAPPING AT SELECT LOCATIONS
- RSS FEED ALERT CAPABILITIES
- DOWNLOADABLE SHAPE AND KMZ FILES FOR GIS USERS

TO VIEW THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AHPS WEB PAGE FOR
CENTRAL ALABAMA GO TO:

WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX (ALL LOWERCASE)

AND CLICK ON "RIVERS LAKES AHPS".

THE DIRECT LINK TO THE AHPS WEB PAGES IS:

WWW.WATER.WEATHER.GOV (ALL LOWERCASE)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT AHPS AND FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
IS AVAILABLE AT:

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLOODSAFETY (ALL LOWERCASE)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ROGER MCNEIL...SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
(E-MAIL ROGER.MCNEILNOAA.GOV) AT 205-664-3010.


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