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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
140 PM EDT Thurs Mar 14 2013
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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
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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