The National Weather Service has declared March 11-15 Flood Safety Awareness Week in order to increase public awareness of the dangers posed by flooding. The Milford Fire Department issued a statement encouraging the citizens of Milford to take time to review flood threats and flood safety practices available on the City of Milford website at: ci.milford.ct.us\/emergency-management-services.The City of Milford participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) as part of the city\u2019s activities to inform citizens of the availability of flood information and to ensure that citizens are aware of flood hazards, flood safety, and other pertinent information relating to floods. Milford currently has a level 9 CRS rating which results in a 5% premium discount for all NFIP policies issued for Milford residentsFirefighters said Milford residents should understand the flood risks and flood hazards from both coastal and riverine floodplains.\u201cFlooding is not only caused by hurricanes and nor\u2019easters but as we have seen recently, can also be caused by seasonal heavy rainfall,\u201d fire officials said in a prepared release. \u201cAll Milford residents should be concerned about flood hazards and take any and all flood watches or warnings seriously.\u2019There are several actions residents can take to lessen the flood hazard and risk to themselves and their family, including:\u2022 Know the city\u2019s flood warning procedures.\u2022 Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of impending flood or when advised to do so by the police or fire department warning system.\u2022 Know escape routes to high ground.\u2022 Sign up for the Everbridge warning system that can send a text message or voice message to your phone or home. https:\/\/tinyurl.com\/MilfordAlerts\u2022 Stay tuned to the radio or TV for possible flood warning.\u2022 Do not attempt to cross a flooding stream on foot or by car \u2013 Turn Around Don\u2019t Drown.\u2022 If your car stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.\u2022 Keep children away from floodwaters, ditches, culverts and storm drains.\u2022 Be especially cautious at night when floodwater depth and speed is difficult to see.For more information contact Joe Griffith, floodplain administrator, 203-783-3374.