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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

140 PM EDT Thurs Mar 14 2013


To:        Subscribers:

           - Family of Services

           - NOAA Weather Wire Service

           - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

           - NOAAPORT

            Other NWS partners and NWS employees


From:      Mary Mullusky

           Branch Chief, Hydrologic Services Branch


Subject:   Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 18-22, 2013


The National Weather Service has declared March 18-22 as Flood

Safety Awareness Week for 2013.


It floods somewhere in the United States or its territories

nearly every day of the year.  In the past thirty years, floods

have killed an average of 95 people a year and have caused an

average of $8 billion in damages annually.


The goals of Flood Safety Awareness Week are to:


Inform the public about NWS forecast and warning services

and flood information;


Heighten public awareness to the risks associated with all

types of floods including flash flooding, storm surge, and

those related to dam or levee failures; and


Empower citizens to take actions necessary to protect their

lives and livelihoods.


Flood Safety Awareness Week will provide daily topics and

information to help you prepare for a flood in your area, become

a force of nature and help those around you prepare for, and take

action during, a flood.


Questions you may be asking yourself about floods may include, Do

I need to be concerned about flooding? How can I find out if I am

in danger from a flood?  What is the difference between a flood

and a flash flood? How do I know how severe a flood will be? And

is there anything I can do to prepare for a flood?


Follow us each day next week to find answers to these questions

and more during Flood Safety Awareness Week 2013.


For more information please visit our Flood Safety Awareness Week

Website at:


For more information, please contact:


     Lora J. Wilson

     NWS Hydrologic Services Branch

     Silver Spring Maryland 20910

     301-713-0006 ext. 147


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