National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 18-22, 2013

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

TODAY`S TOPIC: TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

TURN AROUND DONT DROWN...TADD FOR SHORT...IS A NOAA 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 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 THESE TYPES OF DEATHS AND RELATED INJURIES ARE PREVENTABLE
WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER CAN 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 WILL LIKELY 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...PLAY IT SAFE. WHETHER DRIVING OR WALKING...ANY TIME YOU COME
TO A FLOODED ROAD...WALKWAY...OR PATH...FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE:
TURN AROUND DONT 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 WEATHER RADIO ALL-HAZARDS...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 DONT DROWN.

NEVER DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.  ROAD BEDS MAY BE WASHED OUT
UNDER MURKY FLOOD WATERS. TURN AROUND DONT 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 DONT DROWN.

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

IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES
NWS AHPS: HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS: HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.WEATHER.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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