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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cal EMA: Flood Preparedness Week - Finding Your Flood Risk


    Flood Preparedness Week
    Finding Your Flood Risk
    More information about flood hazards and flood preparedness can be found at the following websites:
    California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) - My Hazards 

    Flood Risk Notification - My Flood Risk
    California Nevada River Forecast Center – Realtime Information
    California Data Exchange Center – Realtime Information
    Stay Dry: A Basic Application to View FEMA Flood Hazard Information Using Google Earth (TM)
    Technical Resource URLs:
    More information about the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) and Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) can be found at the following websites:
    National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL): New Products and Services for FEMA's Flood Hazard Map - 
    NFHL Web Map Service (WMS): Add Flood Hazard Map Layers to Your GIS Applications - 
    MapViewer - Web: View and Print Maps and Reports from the National Flood Hazard Layer - 
    FEMA NFHL - View Custom Combinations of FEMA Flood Hazard Information Using Google Earth (TM) - 
    NFHL GIS Data: Perform Spatial Analyses and Make Custom Maps and Reports - 
    BE AWARE, BE PREPARED
    • Know your risk and take action to reduce your risk.
    • Stay away from rising creeks, streams and rivers.
    • "Turn Around, Don't Drown"™. Don't drive through water on the roadway; during floods, more people are trapped and die in their vehicles than anywhere else.
    • Know how to leave the area quickly if you see water start to rise.
    • Be aware of your surroundings and know your evacuation routes.
    • Do not attempt to cross flowing water that may be more than six inches deep. If you have doubts, don't cross.
    • Have an emergency preparedness kit. (Red Cross PDF for developing a kit)
    • Choose a family meeting place and have a plan for how to communicate during an emergency.
    • If you live in a flood-prone area, consider buying flood insurance.
    • During threatening weather, listen to local radio or TV news channels for watch and warning bulletins:
      • Flood Watch means it is possible that flooding will occur in a specified area. Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency.
      • Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent in a specified area. Move to safe ground immediately.
    More information about flood types and flood preparedness can be found at the following websites:

    USDA/FEMA GIS Flood Mapping Layers Resource

    National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL): New Products and Services for FEMA's Flood Hazard Map Data

    Resource Record Cover Image Thumbnail - nfhlintro.jpgThe NFHL is a computer database that contains the flood hazard map information from FEMA’s Flood Map Modernization program. These map data are from Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) databases and Letters of Map Revision (LOMRs). Products and services include MapViewer - Web, utility files to view the NFHL in Google Earth, a Web Map Service, and NFHL GIS data. All of these are available from the Map Service Center at http://msc.fema.gov.
    Document Details:

    Media Type:File
    Availability:Online
    Language:English
    Description/Comment:New Flood Hazard Map Data Products and Services - June 2010
    Resource File:View / Download / Print  (pdf 237K)
    508 Accessible Format:View / Download / Print  (txt 7K)

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