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Your Flood Risk & Your Flood Safety

Your Flood Risk & Your Flood Safety

Feb 20, 2016

  You should know that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Floods can even be in areas with a low risk of flooding. Just because you haven’t had a flood in the past doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Flood risk is based on a lot of factors including rainfall, landscape, flood-control measures, river-flow and tidal-surge data, flood...

Flood Safety Awareness Week 2012 – March 12-16

Flood Safety Awareness Week 2012 – March 12-16

Mar 8, 2012

Flooding is a coast to coast threat within the United States during all months of the year. National Flood Safety Awareness Week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property. Be sure you know the risks associated with flooding and how to prepare for them. The...

Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Awareness Week – 2012

Tornado Drill & Severe Weather Awareness Week – 2012

Mar 2, 2012

Gov. Bev Perdue declared March 4-10 Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina and recommends that families have safety plans for home, work or school so they can respond quickly when tornadoes or severe storms threaten. In addition, the annual Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 9:30 AM. Please take a moment to review the...

Publications and Resources for Hurricanes and Tropical Systems

Publications and Resources for Hurricanes and Tropical Systems

Aug 25, 2011

Hurricanes and tropical storms that affect North Carolina normally form in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of western Africa between the months of June and November with the peak season occurring in early September.  The strength of hurricanes is rated by the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Below are links to websites and other resources for hurricane...

NC Prepares for Hurricane IRENE

NC Prepares for Hurricane IRENE

Aug 23, 2011

Local, state and federal partners are preparing for the impacts of Hurricane Irene. With advances in technology, weather experts are able to forecast a tropical system’s path well in advance. This enables those in the hurricane’s path to make preparations ahead of the event. But not all weather hazards allow for such advanced warning. That is why...

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011 – May 22-28

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2011 – May 22-28

May 20, 2011

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1-November 30. Hurricane Preparedness Week is a great time to brush up on your hurricane knowledge and planning. NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness website is a valuable reference tool. You will find links and the following daily topics on this website: Sunday – Hurricane History Monday – Storm Surge...

Flood Preparedness Publications & Resources

Flood Preparedness Publications & Resources

Apr 11, 2011

The City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so that all citizens within the City of Winston-Salem and the unincorporated areas of Forsyth County have access to flood protection. With more than 9,000 properties in Forsyth County identified as being in flood hazard areas, many property owners have taken...

Do You Live, Work or Play Downstream From a Dam?

Do You Live, Work or Play Downstream From a Dam?

Mar 16, 2011

The probablility of a dam breach may seem remote, but even well-maintained and frequently inspected dams can develop sudden problems, especially under the stress of heavy rains. You may be surprised to know that you are a stakeholder in dam safety. Stakeholders are citizens, business owners, and recreationists in harm’s way at times, often without...

Flood Safety Awareness Week – March 14-18, 2011

Flood Safety Awareness Week – March 14-18, 2011

Mar 14, 2011

Flooding is a coast to coast threat within the United States during all months of the year. National Flood Safety Awareness Week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property. Be sure you know the risks associated with flooding and how to prepare for them. The...

Thursday’s Message – Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Thursday’s Message – Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Mar 3, 2011

 Today’s topic will be flooding. Flood related deaths are a serious nationwide problem. Nationwide…flooding causes more fatalities than any other type of severe weather. Several factors contribute to flooding. The two main factors are the intensity of rainfall and how long rain occurs over any given location. Urbanization, topography, soil type and...