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What We’re Watching: 5/11/12

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.

Weather Outlook
It looks like most of the nation will enjoy relatively nice weather this weekend as we celebrate Mother’s Day. Although there are no significant weather hazards at this time, NOAA forecasts below normal temperatures across the Northwest Coast and parts of the interior West Coast.

Additionally, heavy rain is expected across the interior Southeast and Central Gulf Coast with significant river flooding likely across parts of Southeast South Dakota. Here are some safety tips and flood terms to remember if heavy rain or flooding is expected in your area:


  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information. 
  • 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. 
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately. 
  • Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas – it only takes six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle. 
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

Visit Ready.gov/floods for more tips and information on floods.

Weather conditions can quickly change, so we encourage everyone to monitor your area's local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.

May Think Tank Call
Deputy Administrator Rich Serino will host the May Think Tank conference call next Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. EDT from Joplin, Mo. The call will focus on recovery and how we can better plan pre-disaster to allow for a more rapid, cost effective, sustainable and resilient recovery following a disaster.

Here is the call-in information:

  • Date: Tuesday, May 15 
  • Time: 2 - 4 p.m. EDT 
  • Call-In Number: 800-593-0692 
  • Pass Code: Think Tank May 
  • Captioning for the event
  • Twitter: #femathinktank

We hope you can join us for this month’s call. Visit FEMA.gov/thinktank for more information.

What Mom Really Wants this Mother’s Day
For all you last minute shoppers still looking for the perfect gift to give your mom, grandmother or any other special person for Mother’s Day, why not give a gift of preparedness? In addition to buying a more traditional gift like flowers, jewelry or a gift card to their favorite store, add a flashlight with extra batteries or a cell phone charger for her car. These little gifts can motivate your loved ones to get prepared -- if they aren’t already.

Visit Ready.gov for more creative gift ideas and in case you missed it, here’s a few Words from Mom on the importance of being prepared.

Have a safe weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

Last Updated: 
06/17/2012 - 15:36
Posted on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 20:00
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