2012 Flood Safety Awareness Week - Turn Around, Don't Drown

...DAY 2 OF 2012 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ITS
ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK, MARCH 12-16, 2012.

TODAY'S THEME IS "TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN", OR TADD. TADD IS AN
EFFORT TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS OF DRIVING OVER FLOODED
ROADS OR WALKING IN FLOODED AREAS. TOO MANY PEOPLE DIE DUE TO
MISJUDGING THE POWER OF MOVING WATER OR THEIR ABILITY TO NAVIGATE
FLOODED AREAS. FLOODING CAN HAPPEN RAPIDLY DUE TO ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORM RAINS OR SLOWLY DUE TO RAINFALL EVENTS THAT IMPACT A
LARGE AREA. IN ADDITION, IT ONLY TAKES SIX INCHES OF WATER FOR A
VEHICLE TO LOSE CONTACT WITH THE ROAD SURFACE, AND MOST VEHICLES CAN
BE SWEPT AWAY IN 18 TO 24 INCHES OF WATER. SADLY, MANY DEATHS COULD
HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY SIMPLY TURNING AROUND. A CANCELED, DELAYED, OR
REROUTED TRIP IS WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT.

SOME ITEMS TO CONSIDER TO INCREASE YOUR FLOOD SAFETY:

- GET OR STAY ON HIGHER GROUND, AVOIDING LOW SPOTS IN THE ROAD OR
  OTHERWISE.
- TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN: CANCEL, DELAY, OR REROUTE A TRIP IF IT'S
  ON FLOODED ROADS.
- FLOODED ROADS MAY HAVE HIDDEN DANGERS SUCH AS WASHED OUT ROAD BEDS
  OR UNDERWATER OBSTRUCTIONS.
- KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM FLOODED AREAS OR AREAS OF FAST MOVING
  WATER.
- DON'T CAMP NEAR A RIVER IF THERE IS A FLASH FLOOD THREAT.
- FLOODING CAN HAPPEN AT NIGHT WHEN IT'S HARDER TO RECOGNIZE FLOOD
  DANGERS.

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND THE FEDERAL ALLIANCE FOR SAFE HOMES (FLASH).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CAN BE FOUND
AT:

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLOODSAFETY/

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