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NOAA’s National Weather Service has awarded eight integrated Automated Flood Warning System grants, totaling $444,907 to reduce the loss of life, property damage and disruption of commerce from floods. Each year NOAA awards AFWS grants through a nationally competitive process. Competition for grants to be awarded in 2006 is currently open until October 27, 2005.
Automated Flood Warning Systems are in use in numerous American communities to alert officials about flood threats, and for environmental monitoring, water resource management, fire risk assessment as well as homeland security.
This year’s grant winners include:
“The Automated Flood Warning Systems program integrates the efforts of federal, state, and local governments, to better protect lives and livelihoods from the threats of flooding,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA's National Weather Service. “This is part of the National Weather Service’s continuing effort to serve society’s needs for weather, climate and water information.”
“Automated Flood Warning Systems provide local cooperators and NOAA’s National Weather Service with extremely important information for flood forecasting,” said Peter Gabrielsen, chief of NOAA’s National Weather Service, Eastern Region Hydrologic Services Division.
NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather, water and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.
On the Web:
NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov
Federal Government Grant Information: http://www.grants.gov
for AFWS Grant (by Oct. 27, 2005): http://afws.net