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  • WRN severe weather and flooding

    WRN Ambassadors-

    As severe weather and flooding continue to impact much of the central U.S., we encourage all ambassadors to proactively engage your employees, stakeholders, and social network on how to be "Weather-Ready" for near-term threats and those on the horizon.

    (1) National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019)

    As part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the hurricane hunter aircraft are visiting five communities along the east coast. Learn more here!

    Did you know?

    • Over half of the water-related fatalities during the 2016-18 hurricane seasons were vehicle-related.
    • All five storm surge fatalities in Hurricane Michael last year were over the age of 60 years. Have a plan to assist the elderly and others most vulnerable.
    • Dangers exist even as the storm passes and skies clear - downed power lines, carbon monoxide from generators, and health complications from the cleanup.
    • Category 1 hurricanes since 2010 have caused 175 direct deaths and over $100 billion in damage in the U.S. Significant impacts aren't just caused by major hurricanes.

    (2) Flooding Threat Continues across Central U.S.

    • As the saying goes, "if it can rain, it can flood." Help your community as a WRN Ambassador prepare, respond, and recover from flooding events by taking advantage of our flood safety content and staying aware of the latest conditions on weather.gov and information from our Weather Enterprise partners.
    • Follow local weather forecast offices on social media. Learn how here.

    (3) Discover Other Awareness Weeks in Your Area

    • Some states have hurricane awareness weeks planned for June and July
    • Guam/Northern Marianas have "Typhoon Awareness Week" May 13-17
    • Other hazards, such as lightning, wildfires, rip currents, safe boating, and cold water (i.e., hypothermia due to river, lake, or ocean cold water) have state awareness weeks as well. Find safety content for all of these hazards here.

    (4) WRN Aviation Ambassador Webpage 

    Does your organization have aviation interests? Learn more about aviation weather services and opportunities to collaborate.

    (5) Other WRN opportunities...

    National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24)
    Summer Safety Campaign (June 1)

  • Prepare for Floods Now

    Floods are the Most Common Natural Disaster in the United States

    Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry.

    • Floods may result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
    • Floods may develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.
    • Floods may cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

    IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

    • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
    • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
    • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

    How to Stay Safe When a Flood Threatens

    Prepare NOW

    • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
    • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
    • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
    • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
    • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
    • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
    • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
    • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

    Survive DURING a Flood

    • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
    • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
    • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
    • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
    • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
    • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
    • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

    Be Safe AFTER a Flood

    • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
    • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
    • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
    • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
    • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
    • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

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  • Keep Your Valuables Safe from Floods and Fires

    Springtime - floods can occur suddenly and devastatingly.

    There are many things you can (and should) do to prepare for this eventuality. Below, we will help you learn how to document, insure and protect your property in the event of an unexpected flood or fire.

    Also, consider these helpful articles: Planning for Emergencies,  Spring Storms are coming & Don’t forget to prepare your car

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    You can use helpful, free checklists from Prepareathon to Document and Insure Your Property and Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables. By taking pictures of your belongings, you create an inventory of the valuables in your home. The Insurance Information Institute offers a free tool on Know Your Stuff.org, which allows you to create a home inventory with your smartphone, tablet or computer.

    The below tips from Prepareathon’s Document and Insure Your Property checklist recommend you document, insure, and protect your property by:
    • Creating an inventory of your home or business. A detailed inventory of your property’s contents will help you prove the value of what you owned, which could speed your insurance claim processing, and will provide documentation for the tax deductions you can claim.
    • Ensuring you have appropriate insurance. Not all insurance policies are the same. Coverage amounts, deductibles, and payment caps can vary significantly. Consult with your insurance professional to be sure your policy is right for you.
    Safeguard_DocumentsKeeping vital records in a safe place. Store paper copies, or electronic copies on a flash or external hard drive in a waterproof and fireproof box, safe, or bank deposit box.
    • Storing policy numbers and contact information nearby. Keep your policy numbers, your insurance professional/company phone number, and claim filing instructions in a secure, convenient location.

    For more information, visit Prepareathon, KnowYourStuff.org or download the Know Your Stuff app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

  • Federal Aid Programs for the State of California

    earthquake_disaster_topic_animationThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 18 to January 23, 2017

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    Are you READY? Are you READY?

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