Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:00 am EDT on March 17, 2014
National flood awareness week.
Monday Marks the beginning of National flood awareness week.
During the next five days we will be discussing topics ranging
from operational improvements to flooding awareness and safety.
Last year we had around 85 deaths attributed to flooding. Most were
associated with flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.
Oklahoma... Texas and Colorado had the highest number of fatalities
To become better prepared for flood and flash flood safety we are
going to start the week off looking at the advanced hydrologic
prediction service... ahps.
What is ahps?
Ahps is the National weather services ongoing effort to modernize
hydrologic services. Ahps will provide improved river and flood
forecasts and water information across America to protect life and
property and ensure the nations economic well being. Ahps graphical
products are available at the NWS homepage:
Who can benefit from ahps?
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.
What will ahps do for me?
Because every minute counts... ahps will help emergency managers be
more proactive in preparing to fight a flood. Ahps provides
information for community leaders and business owners so they can
make better life saving decisions about evacuating people
or moving property before a flood. The navigation community will
be able to better plan with more confidence to optimize barge
and shipping operations... saving millions of dollars each year.
Recreational users will be able to use ahps to enhance safety...
staying out of harms way.
Ahps... with its suite of enhanced information... provides the public
with more detailed and accurate answers to the following questions.
How high will the river rise?
When will the River Reach its peak?
Where will the flooding occur?
How long will the flood last?
How long will the drought last?
How certain is the forecast?
Stay tuned tomorrow for more on flood awareness.