Flood Safety Awareness Week Day 2 2009

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE  
647 AM CDT TUE MAR 17 2009  
   
..DAY 2 OF 2009 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
 
 
YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN   
THE ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...MARCH 16-20...2009.  
 
TODAYS 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   
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...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 AHPS AND FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK IS   
AVAILABLE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLOODSAFETY/  
       
  
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