Northern Salinas Valley/Hollister Valley and Carmel Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 1:22 PM PDT on October 20, 2014

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October 20th through 24th is California flood preparedness week! The National Weather Service forecast office for the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas will feature a different educational topic each day during the preparedness week.

Today's topic: flood safety and awareness.

It floods somewhere in the United States or its territories nearly every day of the year. Flooding causes more damage in the United States than any other weather related event, with an average of eight billion dollars a year and an average of ninety five fatalities per year in the past thirty years. Being prepared in advance and knowing a few flood safety tips will help you and your family survive a flood if it happens in your area.

Knowing your risk in advance is the best way to prepare for flooding of any type in your location. Many of our partners provide information to help you determine if you live in a flood- prone area. For example, our federal partner fema has an online map service center that you can visit to see if you live in a flood plain. Also knowing if there is a dam or levee system in your area is important. Another federal partner, the U.S. Army corps of engineers, has information about many dams and levee systems. But they do not own or control all of them, so contact your local NWS office or water district to find out more. If a dam or levee fails, flooding can happen very quickly. Knowing the appropriate preparedness and response actions can save your life.

The National Weather Service web Page identifies where flooding is expected or occurring. You can access this information by visiting the NWS website twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty five days a year, for the most up to date weather, flood, and emergency information. The NWS Mobile website can also be accessed by many Mobile devices and smart phones.

NOAA all hazards radio is another way to receive any type of emergency information, including emergency flood information, very quickly. NOAA all hazards radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather, river, and other emergency information direct from nearby NWS offices and emergency officials. You can Purchase an all hazards radio from many eletronics stores and they can be programmed to receive information specific to your area if it contains the specific area message encoding capability, known as same. Your local NWS office can help you with the necessary codes and programming if you have any trouble getting your all hazards radio programmed.

These are just a few tips to help you prepare for a flood. For more information, please visit the California flood preparedness website.

Join US tomorrow and the rest of the week for information on different types of flood hazards.

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Important flood websites local NWS office: http://www.Weather.Gov/mtr

Local river forecast center: http://www.Cnrfc.NOAA.Gov

Nws: http://www.Weather.Gov/

NWS mobile: http://Mobile.Weather.Gov

California flood preparedness: http://www.Water.CA.Gov/floodsafe/CA-flood-preparedness/fpw_home.Cfm

Fema: http://www.Fema.Gov/fema/

Map service center: https://MSC.Fema.Gov

US Army corps of engineers: http://www.Usace.Army.Mil/