2009 Flood Awareness Week - Tuesday March 17

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK, MARCH 16-20, 2009.

TUESDAY MARCH 17...TODAY'S THEME IS "TURN AROUND...DONT 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 SNOWMELTS. EITHER WAY...MANY DEATHS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY SIMPLY TURNING AROUND. A CANCELED OR DELAYED TRIP IS WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT.

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...DONT 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.

-DONT 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...DONT DROWN IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE FEDERAL ALLIANCE FOR SAFE HOMES.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT AHPS IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.weather.gov/floodsafety/tadd.shtml



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