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    • Winter will end - Floods will begin

      While this Winter has brought a lot of rain and flooding in the West, Spring Floods will impact the entire country as weather begins to warm...

      Prepare for Spring Flooding

      Prepare for possible spring flooding now before it sneaks up on you.

      Follow these tips from Ready.gov to make sure you, your family and your home are ready for flooding:

      • Know your flood risk.
      • Make a flood emergency plan.
      • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
      • Consider buying flood insurance.
      • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
      • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

       

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      What’s Your Plan? - Flood Safety Update - Spring is approaching are you flood ready? - Preparing for Floods: What You Should Know - Flooding happens: Everywhere - Flood Safety - Floods ?

      For more flood safety information, download the America’s PrepareAthon!  How to Prepare for a Flood  guide.

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    • Ka-BOOM - Hear the Thunder? Hide.

      This applies to you.

      Since 2005, all 50 states have come under severe thunderstorm warnings; and lightning strikes occur in every state. In 2015 alone, there were 26 lightning fatalities - five in Florida alone. 62% of fatalities were men. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year, and Spring storms mean a LOT of lightning.Lightning-and-more

      Lightning and Thunder Safety Resources:

      What to Do: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area.

      Lightning: What You Need to Know

      • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
      • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
      • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
      • Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

      Indoor Lightning Safety

      • Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
      • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
      • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
      • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

      Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

      If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

      • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
      • Never lie flat on the ground
      • Never shelter under an isolated tree
      • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
      • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
      • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)
    • Wild Weather!

      Are you Ready for Spring Onslaughts?

      WRN-AmbassadorTornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion and continues to roar across the United States throughout March, April and May.

      Spring is a time of transition, when late-season snowstorms can impact the East Coast and the Northern Plains, thunderstorms rip across the South and Midwest, rivers overflow their banks and heat waves begin in the Southwest. And there’s one hazard that can strike the coasts at any time: tsunamis.

      Don’t let this dangerous season catch you unaware. Get ready for spring with just a few simple steps: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature.

      1. Know Your Risk
      Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis can be a killer for the unprepared. Here’s what you need to know about these dangerous hazards:

      • Since 2003, 43 states within the continental United States have come under a tornado watch; 49 states have come under severe thunderstorm watches; and lightning strikes occur in every state.
      • More than half of the total freshwater flood-related deaths each year result from motorists driving into floodwaters. It only takes 12 inches of water to carry off a small vehicle.
      • Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year. The heat wave of 1995 claimed more than 700 lives in the Chicago area alone.
      • In 2014, there were 26 lightning fatalities - six in Florida alone.
      • Wildfires kill 30 people, destroy 2,800 homes and burn more than 7 million acres, on average per year.
      • The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that more than 100 people each year die in the surf zone waters of the U.S. and that rip currents cause the majority of those fatalities.
      • Since the beginning of the 20th century, 34 tsunami events have caused more than 500 deaths and over $1.7 billion (2014 dollars) in damage to U.S. coastal states and territories.

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      2. Take Action
      While the weather may be wild, you are not powerless. Prepare for spring hazards including tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis with these simple steps:

      • You may have only minutes to find shelter before a tornado strikes. Practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.
      • Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown®.
      • Check to see if officials in charge of sports have a written lightning safety plan.
      • Extreme heat comes early to the Southwest. During a heat wave, reschedule strenuous outdoor activities for the coolest time of the day.
      • If you live near wildland areas, make sure you home is Firewise and fire-safe.
      • This spring break, avoid rip currents by checking the local beach forecast and talking to the lifeguard.
      • If you live, work or play on the coast, learn about tsunami safety.

      3. Be a Force of Nature
      Being prepared is about helping your community. Share your weather and emergency preparedness story and you’ll inspire others to prepare.

      • Write a post on Facebook. Share with your friends and family the details of how you’re weather-ready.
      • Tweet that you’re prepared with #SpringSafetyPrep. Help us build an online community of the prepared.
      • Create a Family Communication Plan so that your loved ones know how to get in touch during an emergency. And let your friends know that they should create a plan also.
      • Look for ways to help your town prepare, such as joining a Community Emergency Response Team.
      • Register for America’s PrepareAthon! to learn how to stay safe during disasters.

      These simple steps will help keep you safe from tornadoes, floods, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis. A little bit of preparation can make a big difference. And being ready for these hazards will help you throughout the year.

      Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
      Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
      Are you Ready?
      Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time.
      Check your Emergency Supplies:

      • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
      • Count your stock... is it enough?
      • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
      • Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency.
      • Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive!

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    • Spring Safety, Weather and more...

      Ah.. Spring! Beautiful and enticing us to get out-of-doors.. but there area weather, allergy, drought and safety concerns as well! Know your Zone, know your risks - from flooding o hurricanes, to drought to earthquakes and more - there are many unexpected events that can change your outlook on Spring - unless you prepare

      According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook released today, rivers in half of the continental United States are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring with the highest threat in the southern Great Lakes region due to above-average snowpack and a deep layer of frozen ground. Additionally, drought is expected to continue in California and the Southwest.

      U.S. Spring Flood Risk Map for 2014.U.S. Spring Flood Risk Map for 2014.

      The continuation of winter weather, above-average snowpack, frozen ground and thick ice coverage on streams and rivers will delay spring flooding into April in the upper Midwest eastward to New England. The intensity of the flooding will depend on the rate of snow and ice melt, and future rainfall.

      Continued well-below average temperatures this winter resulted in significant river ice formation and ice jams in locations further south than customary, flooding homes and businesses, and impacting river commerce. There is also an elevated risk of more ice jams this spring in the northern tier of the U.S. from Montana eastward to northern New England.

      "This year’s spring flood potential is widespread and includes rivers in highly populated areas putting millions of Americans at risk," said Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s National Weather Service. "Although widespread major river flooding is not expected, an abrupt warming or heavy rainfall event could lead to isolated major flooding."

      Spring Flood Risk
      National Weather Service hydrologists predict moderate flooding in parts of southern Wisconsin, southern Michigan and portions of Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa as a result of the current snowpack and the deep layer of frozen ground coupled with expected seasonal temperatures and rainfall. At risk are the Mississippi River and the Illinois River as well as many smaller rivers in these regions. Small streams and rivers in the lower Missouri basin in Missouri and eastern Kansas have already experienced minor flooding this year and the threat of moderate flooding will persist through the spring.

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      There is a risk of moderate flooding along the Red River of the North between eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, and along the Souris River below Minot, N.D. River ice, snowpack and significant frozen ground are factors in the flood risk for this area.
      Additionally, there is a risk of moderate flooding for western South Dakota because of current saturated soils.

      Minor flooding is likely in the northern Rockies, parts of the Midwest, and the Great Lakes region.  Minor flooding is also possible in the Northeast, the lower Mississippi River basin, and across the entire Southeast up to Virginia, including east Texas, and parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and the Florida panhandle. In these areas, spring flood risk is highly dependent on rainfall.

      Drought Outlook

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      Significant and widespread drought conditions continue in California which experienced its warmest and third driest winter on record. Drought is expected to persist or intensify in California, Nevada, most of interior Oregon and Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, southeast Colorado, western Oklahoma, and most of west Texas because of below-average rain or snow this winter and the onset of the dry season in April.  If the drought persists as predicted in the West and Southwest, it will likely result in an active wildfire season, continued stress on crops and livestock due to low water levels, and an expansion of water conservation measures.  Drought removal expected for the Big Island of Hawaii.

      Drought improvement is likely in Washington, southeast Idaho, extreme northern and coastal Oregon, western and central sections of Nebraska and Kansas, central Oklahoma, and the Midwest. Drought is not expected east of the Mississippi River during the next three months.

      More information about drought can be found at www.drought.gov, a clearinghouse of drought-related materials managed by NOAA including maps, tools, and information to help prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought.

      Temperature and Precipitation Outlook
      Below-normal temperatures this spring are favored for an area from Montana eastward across the northern Plains to the Great Lakes region, while warmer-than-normal temperatures are most likely for western sections of Washington and Oregon, California, the desert Southwest, the southern Plains, the Southeast and all of Alaska.

      For precipitation, odds favor drier-than-normal conditions for the Alaska panhandle, western Washington and Oregon, California and parts of Nevada and Arizona. Hawaii is favored to be both warmer and wetter than normal this spring.

      1164587_high_voltageNOAA’s Spring Outlook identifies areas at risk of spring flooding and expectations for temperature, precipitation and drought from April through June.  March 16-22 was National Flood Safety Awareness Week, NOAA encourages individuals to become weather-ready by ensuring you have real-time access to flood warnings via mobile devices, weather radio and local media, and avoiding areas that are under these warnings. Empowering people with the information they need to take action to protect life and property is key to NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation.

    • Spring Storms and Lightening Myths

      We talked about Thunderstorms and Lightning in the last post, but did you know 60 people die in the US from lightening each year? True... but there are many other things you may THINK you know about Thunder & Lightening that are false... read on:

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      The lightning threat in the U.S. is very real and impacts people in every state. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Often, these injuries and deaths are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Below you'll find the truth behind ten common myths about lightning.

      Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors.  

      Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.
      Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. This is especially true in the western United States where thunderstorms sometimes produce very little rain.

      Myth: The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect you from being struck by lightning.
      Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

      Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
      Fact: “Heat lightning” is a term used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for the thunder to be heard.

      Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
      Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

      Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
      Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

      Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
      Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR! Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately if the person has stopped breathing. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information on CPR and first aid classes.

      Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
      Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

      Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
      Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

      Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.
      Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

      Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.
      Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

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