At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
According to our friends at the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding is expected to continue across Northern Oklahoma and Arkansas. Additionally, some rainfall with thunderstorms is possible from the Mid-Mississippi valley across the Mid-South, Carolinas, and Virginia. For folks in these areas here are some flood safety tips to keep in mind:
- Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous. Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Remember – turn around, don’t drown.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
Severe weather watches and warnings may happen quickly, so be familiar with flood terminology, like:
- Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
- Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
- Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
We encourage everyone to monitor weather conditions in your area as the weather can quickly change. Visit www.weather.gov on your computer or http://mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.
In Case You Missed It
In case you missed it, last week our digital team launched a few new tools to help the public prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Shayne Adamski, FEMA’s Senior Manager for Digital Engagement blogged about these new digital tools to help better connect people with the tools and resources you may need before, during and after a disaster. Here’s a short video from Administrator Fugate explaining how the new tools work:
It’s Almost National Preparedness Month
September is right around the corner, so you know what that means – it’s National Preparedness Month. The goal of National Preparedness Month is to encourage individuals, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to learn about the local hazards in your community, make a family communication plan, build an emergency kit, then get involved in your local community preparedness efforts. And we’re doing just that, take some time this weekend to pledge to prepare your family and neighbors for emergencies by joining the National Preparedness Community!
As a Community Member, you’ll have access to exclusive resources and be able to collaborate with thousands of other members across the country on ways to participate and get your community involved. There’s no cost in signing up and it’s a great first step in preparing your home and family from an emergency.
We hope you’ll join us and participate this September!
Photos of the Week
And to wrap things up, here are a few of our favorite photos of the week. For more photos visit our Photo Library.
Ortley Beach, N.J., Aug. 5, 2013 -- Damages are still visible nine months after Hurricane Sandy touched the coast last fall as workers rebuild Ortley Beach's boardwalk.
Anniston, Ala., Aug. 1, 2013 -- Healthcare workers, representing 23 Native American tribes respond to an emergency at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Noble Training Facility. More than 50 tribal members, representing 10 states came together at the CDP for the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents course. During the four-day class the tribal members trained to provide a realistic medical response in an actual treatment facility.
Harvey Cedars, N.J., July 31, 2013 -- Pipes are assembled as part of the dredging operation is underway to replenish the beaches and the dunes of Long Beach Island after Hurricane Sandy eroded them last fall. The project is part of the Army Corps of Engineers' Flood and Coastal Damage Reduction Program, funded by the Sandy Relief Act.
Have a great and safe weekend!