Turn around, don’t drown
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard.
March 18-22 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Since 2010, 285 fatalities occurred from flooding in the U.S., according to NWS.
In the U.S., 57 percent of all flood fatalities occurring when driving or walking, according to NWS. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown, or TADD is a NWS campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through floodwaters.
To avoid getting caught is this situation, NWS recommends the following safety rules:
• Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
• Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
• Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. You should never drive through flooded roadways.
• 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.
It is only a matter of time before the next flood, so why not be prepared? For more information, visit NWS’s Flood Safety Awareness website at http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/.
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