Flood Safety Tips fior Flood Awareness Week

By: ational weather service
By: ational weather service

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1212 PM CST WED MAR 18 2009

...DAY THREE OF THE 2009 NATIONAL FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN
THE FOURTH ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK, MAR 16-20,
2009.

TODAYS THEME IS FLOODING AND RELATED PHENOMENON. FLOODS OCCUR
NATIONWIDE AND ARE THE DEADLIEST WEATHER RELATED KILLER IN THE
UNITED STATES. FLOODING CAN BE CAUSED BY A VARIETY OF WEATHER
HAZARDS INCLUDING TROPICAL CYCLONES...LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEMS...THUNDERSTORMS...SNOW MELT...AND DEBRIS FLOWS. THE IMPACTS
OF FLOODING CAN RANGE FROM RIVER FLOODING...TO URBAN FLOODING...TO
FLASH FLOODING. IN ESSENCE THOUGH. ALL FLOODING CAN BE
LIFE-THREATENING...SO YOU NEED TO KEEP INFORMED OF DEVELOPING FLOOD
SITUATIONS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION TO AVOID DANGER.
HERE ARE SOME TERMS WE USE TO INFORM YOU OF THE FLOOD THREAT.

- A FLOOD WARNING OR FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR
IMMINENT.
- MINOR FLOODING IS WHEN MINIMAL OR NO PROPERTY DAMAGE IS EXPECTED
TO OCCUR...BUT THE FLOODING COULD POSSIBLY CAUSE SOME PUBLIC THREAT
OR INCONVENIENCE.

- MODERATE FLOODING IS WHEN SOME INUNDATION OF STRUCTURES AND ROADS
NEAR STREAMS WILL OCCUR. SOME EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE AND OR A
TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER ELEVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.

- MAJOR FLOODING IS WHEN THERE IS EXTENSIVE INUNDATION OF STRUCTURES
AND ROADS ALONG WITH POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT EVACUATIONS OF PEOPLE
AND/OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO HIGHER ELEVATIONS.


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