February 28, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With many areas of Ohio experiencing or expecting flooding due to melting snow and rain, the following resources may be helpful.
• Flood Map: The Ohio River Forecast Center out of the National Weather Service -- http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/ohrfc/ -- features a flood map depicting current and forecasted flood conditions.
• Flash Flood Map: The flash flooding information used to issues watches and warnings is available at this link -- http://www.srh.noaa.gov/rfcshare/ffg.php?location=OH&zoom_map=state&duration=1. You select the state and the time criteria you wish to view.
• Weather Radio: This link -- http://www.weather.gov/nwr/ -- provides information on the NOAA Weather Radio -- and this link -- http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrrcvr.htm -- provide information about purchasing the receiver which is needed to hear the weather information.
• Flood FactSheets/Education: The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Flood Resources page -- http://eden.lsu.edu/Topics/Hazards/Floods/Pages/Default.aspx -- provides links to factsheets and other resources that can be helpful for people experiencing floods.
• Mold Resources: Mold resources from EDEN are located at this link -- http://eden.lsu.edu/Topics/HumanHealth/Mold/Pages/default.aspx.
• Power Outages: The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness has information pertaining to power outages at http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/WinterPowerOutages.aspx.
• Before, During, After Flooding: The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness also provides information for what to do before, during, and after a flood. Find the information at http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInformation.aspx.
• Flood Insurance: The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness also provides information pertaining to flood insurance at http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInsuranceInfo.aspx.
• County Emergency Management Agency Offices: Each county has an Emergency Management Agency Office. The link http://eoc.ema.state.oh.us/OpsCenter/Contacts/OEMATelephoneDirectory/CountyDirectorList_web.aspx provides the contact information for each county EMA Office throughout the state. Please contact your local EMA Office for up-to-the minute information pertaining to your county.