2013 Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 18th - 22nd
--- Today’s topic is..."Turn Around Don’t Drown" ---
Did you know that more than half of all flood-related deaths are drownings that result from
vehicles caught in flood waters and then swept downstream? Many of these drownings are
preventable if people do not drive or walk through flood roads, sidewalks, etc.
People often underestimate the power of flowing water. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood
water can knock an adult off their feet. Most vehicles begin to lose contact with the road in
six inches of water. They can be swept away in 12-18 inches of flowing water. This includes
pickups and SUVs. When approaching a flooded roadway remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown!
"Turn around...don’t drown" (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 heavy thunderstorm rains or slowly due to Spring snowmelt.
The combination of warm temperatures, heavy rains and rapid snowmelt is potentially the most
hazardous. Either way, many deaths could have been prevented by simply turning around. A
cancelled or delayed trip is worth the time and effort.
Some items to consider to increase your flood safety...
- Get to or stay on higher ground...avoid low spots...in the road or otherwise.
- Turn around...don’t drown. Cancel or delay a trip if it is over flooded roads.
- Road barricades and warning signage are there for your saftey...don't go around them.
- A flooded road may have hidden dangers...such as washed out roadbeds or underwater obstructions.
- Keep children away from flooded areas or areas of fast moving water.
- Don’t camp near the river if there is a flash flood threat. Flooding can happen at night when it is
harder to recognize flood dangers.
Important flood websites:
NWS AHPS: http://water.weather.gov/ahps
Flood Safety Awareness: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov
Be a force of nature: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html