…DRIVE SAFE – TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN…

TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN…TADD FOR SHORT…IS A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAMPAIGN USED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF WALKING…OR DRIVING A VEHICLE…THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN THE MIDSOUTH DROWNS IN FLOOD WATER NEARLY EVERY YEAR. MOST OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. MANY OTHER LIVES ARE LOST WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO OR NEAR FLOOD WATERS. THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THE FORCE AND POWER OF WATER…ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S MOVING. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU CAN PREVENT THESE TYPES OF DEATHS AND RELATED INJURIES WITH FLOOD AWARENESS AND SAFETY.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AN ADULT. AND IT ONLY TAKES TWELVE TO EIGHTEEN INCHES OF FLOWING WATER TO CARRY AWAY MOST VEHICLES INCLUDING LARGE SUVS. IF YOU COME TO AN AREA THAT IS COVERED WITH WATER…YOU WILL LIKELY NOT KNOW THE DEPTH OF THE WATER OR THE CONDITION OF THE GROUND UNDER THE WATER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT NIGHT WHEN YOUR VISION IS MORE LIMITED. IT PAYS TO PLAY IT SMART…PLAY IT SAFE. WHETHER DRIVING OR WALKING…ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED ROAD…WALKWAY…OR PATH…YOU CAN FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE TIP: TURN AROUND DON/T DROWN.

…MORE FLOOD SAFE TIPS…

ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD AND KNOW THE RISKS BEFORE FLOODING HAPPENS. MONITOR RADIO OR TV FOR FLOOD INFORMATION. IF FLOODING IS EXPECTED OR IS OCCURRING…GET TO HIGHER GROUND FAST! LEAVE TYPICAL FLOOD AREAS SUCH AS DITCHES…RAVINES…DIPS…OR LOW SPOTS. NEVER DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. ROAD BEDS MAY BE WASHED OUT UNDER MURKY FLOOD WATERS. TURN AROUND DON/T DROWN! DO NOT CAMP OR PARK YOUR VEHICLE ALONG STREAMS AND WASHES…PARTICULARLY DURING THREATENING CONDITIONS. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD DANGERS. NEVER CROSS ANY BARRIERS THAT ARE PUT IN PLACE BY EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. ALWAYS PLAY IT SAFE… TURN AROUND DON/T DROWN!

IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES

NWS: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV
NWS Memphis: HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MEG
NWS: HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS2/INDEX.PHP?WFO=MEG
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER: HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/
NWS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS: HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/
NWS: HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML
NWS: HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/FLOODSAFETY/TADD.SHTML
NWS: HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML

 

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