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Flood Safety – Preparedness and Awareness

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Be a Force of Nature
Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or its territories. Flooding can occur in any of the fifty states or U.S. territories at any time of the year. It causes more damage in the United States than any other weather related event. On average, floods cause eight billion dollars in damages and eighty nine fatalities annually. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones survive a flood.


Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding. Find out which flooding hazards impact your state at You can also find out if you live in a flood plain by visiting our partners at FEMA at There are many tips for what to do before, during and after a flood on our newly redesigned Flood Safety Website at

Be Aware

Find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at and Forecasters in NWS offices work around the clock to ensure watches, warnings and advisories are issued to alert the public to hazardous conditions. The same information is available on your mobile device at Some smart phones are able to receive Flash Flood Warning alerts via the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Visit for more information!

Another tool to alert you to hazardous conditions is NOAA All Hazards Radio. This nationwide network of radio stations broadcasts continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct from NWS offices and emergency officials. For more information, visit

Stay safe during a flood by knowing your risk and where to get the latest forecast and hazard information. Be a Force of Nature!

Poster – Grab the National Flood Safety Awareness Week poster.

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