National Flood Safety Awareness Week
WEDNESDAY - March 18, 2009
Flood Safety Awareness Week Continues Through Friday...Today's topic is:
Preparedness and Safety
Flash floods and floods are the NUMBER ONE cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms in the United States, claiming more than 100 fatalities each year.
Flooding also causes more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event, with an average of 4.6 billion dollars a year.
In Colorado, floods and flash floods have accounted for 315 fatalities since 1920. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. Drivers should remember that two feet of water will cause most vehicles to float. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet.
Where can you get weather information?
National Weather Service websites and NOAA Weather Radio are some of the best ways to receive forecasts, watches, and warnings from the National Weather Service. You can also receive updated weather information from your favorite radio and TV stations.
What are some of the basic safety rules you need to be aware of?
- Before venturing into flood prone areas, monitor your favorite source for vital weather information.
- If you find yourself in an area where flooding is occurring, move to higher ground away from areas subject to flooding.
- Avoid areas already flooded and do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Never allow children to play around high water, storm drains, viaducts, or arroyos.
- In a vehicle, do not drive around barriers that warn you the road is flooded.
- Never drive through flooded roadways, as the roadbed under the floodwaters may be washed out.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes if there is a threat of flooding.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
What are some safety rules specific to slot canyons and rugged terrain?
- Check in at visitor centers or contact stations to obtain permits.
- Become familiar with the terrain and know your escape routes.
- Be aware that deadly flash flood waters can travel from many miles away with travel times of 10 hours or more.
- Always let someone know your itinerary before venturing out.
Where can you learn more about the dangers of floods and flash floods?