A #sustainwhat takeaway from NY's tragic #FlashFloodEmergency, inspired by a listener who said her phone alert came with no call to action. Is it time for #flashflood "#DryOut" training in flood-risk regions akin to quake states' #shakeout work? pscp.tv/Revkin/1BdxYYq… 1/
One reason: Flash floods pose a distinctly different threat compared to coastal flooding. As @wxpizza notes, they can happen almost anywhere and are local. The response challenge is similar to that with tornadoes. @climatesociety & @NASA working on this. 2'
Learn heaps in this video by Miriam Nielsen, @zentouro at @columbiaclimate A warning that gets pushed to everyone's phone is an incredible tool, but more often than not it's just ignored. 3/
And this was great use of #IMR by @twccChrisWarren @weather on flash flood awareness.

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