National Flood Safety Awareness Week, Day 2

...DAY 2 OF 2010 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN
THE THIRD ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK,
MARCH 15TH TO MARCH 19TH...2010.

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 THUNDERSTORM RAINS
OR SLOWLY DUE TO SPRING SNOWMELT. EITHER WAY...MANY DEATHS CAN BE
PREVENTED BY SIMPLY TURNING AROUND. A CANCELED OR DELAYED TRIP IS
WORTH THE TIME...EFFORT AND INCONVENIENCE.

SOME ITEMS TO CONSIDER TO INCREASE YOUR FLOOD SAFETY...
  * GET 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.
  * FLOODED ROADS MAY BE TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY A "TURN AROUND...
    DON'T DROWN" SIGN.
  * 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.
   
"TURN AROUND...DON'T DROWN" IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND THE FEDERAL ALLIANCE FOR SAFE HOMES.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT TADD AND FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
IS AVAILABLE AT:
                     www.floodsafety.noaa.gov



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