2013 Flood Safety Awareness Week - Turn Around Don't Drown

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
1200 AM EDT WED MAR 20 2013

...DAY 3 OF 2013 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 18 THROUGH MARCH 22
AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
JACKSONVILLE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC EACH DAY
DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY'S TOPIC: 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.

IT FLOODS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES NEARLY
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. FLOODING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE IN THE UNITED
STATES THAN ANY OTHER WEATHER RELATED EVENT...WITH AN AVERAGE OF
EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN DAMAGES IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS...
AND FLOODING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER-RELATED DEATHS IN THE
U.S. CLAIMING ON AVERAGE NEARLY ONE HUNDRED LIVES A 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 IS MOVING. THE GOOD
NEWS IS THAT THESE TYPES OF DEATHS AND RELATED INJURIES ARE
PREVENTABLE WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE.

IT TAKES JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER TO 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 LIKELY WILL 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. PLAY IT
SMART...AND PLAY IT SAFE. WHETHER DRIVING OR WALKING...ANY TIME YOU
COME TO A FLOODED ROAD...WALKWAY...OR PATH...FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE:
TURN AROUND...DON’T DROWN.

HERE ARE A FEW MORE TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE DURING A FLOOD:

 - ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD AND KNOW THE RISKS BEFORE FLOODING HAPPENS.
 - MONITOR NOAA ALL-HAZARDS RADIO...OR YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE...
   FOR VITAL WEATHER-RELATED INFORMATION BEFORE...DURING...AND AFTER
   ANY DISASTER INCLUDING FLOODING.
 - IF FLOODING IS EXPECTED OR IS OCCURRING...GET TO HIGHER GROUND
   FAST! LEAVE TYPICAL FLOOD AREAS SUCH AS CANYONS...DITCHES...
   RAVINES...DIPS...OR LOW SPOTS.
 - AVOID AREAS ALREADY FLOODED...ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER IS FLOWING
   FAST. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS. TURN AROUND...DON’T
   DROWN!
 - 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. NOT ONLY IS THIS DANGEROUS...BUT MANY STATES AND
   COMMUNITIES HAVE LAWS AGAINST IT AND LEVY STEEP FINES AND POINTS
   AGAINST DRIVING RECORDS FOR PEOPLE THAT IGNORE BARRICADES OR OTHER
   ROAD CLOSURE INDICATORS.

ALWAYS PLAY IT SAFE...TURN AROUND...DON’T DROWN!

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD RISK AND FLOOD INSURANCE.

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IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES

NWS AHPS: HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS: HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

TADD: HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/FLOODSAFETY/TADD.SHTML

NWS: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV

BE A FORCE OF NATURE:
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML

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