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Issued by NWS Aberdeen, SD

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
504 AM CDT TUE MAR 18 2014 /404 AM MDT TUE MAR 18 2014/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 17 THROUGH MARCH
21 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
ABERDEEN SD WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPIC EACH
DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAYS TOPIC: TURN AROUND DONT DROWN

TURN AROUND DONT DROWN...OR TADD FOR SHORT...IS A NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE CAMPAIGN USED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF DRIVING A
VEHICLE OR WALKING THROUGH FLOOD WATERS.

THIS YEAR IS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TADD PROGRAM. HUNDREDS OF SIGNS
DEPICTING THE MESSAGE HAVE BEEN ERECTED AT LOW WATER CROSSINGS DURING THE
PAST DECADE. THE PHRASE TURN AROUND DONT DROWN HAS BECOME A CATCHPHRASE IN
THE MEDIA...CLASSROOM...AND EVEN AT HOME. ITS ONE THING TO SEE OR HEAR THE
PHRASE...AND ANOTHER TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE.

FLOODING IS THE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER RELATED FATALITIES IN THE
U.S. (BEHIND HEAT). ON AVERAGE...FLOODING CLAIMS THE LIVES OF 89 PEOPLE
EACH 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 FLOOD WATERS.  THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE
THE FORCE AND POWER OF WATER...ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS MOVING.  THE GOOD
NEWS IS MOST FLOODING DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AN ADULT. ONLY
EIGHTEEN INCHES OF FLOWING WATER CAN CARRY AWAY MOST VEHICLES...INCLUDING
LARGE SUVS. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL THE EXACT DEPTH OF WATER COVERING A
ROADWAY OR THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD BELOW THE WATER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY
TRUE AT NIGHT WHEN YOUR VISION IS MORE LIMITED.  IT IS NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE
OR WALK THROUGH FLOOD WATERS. ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED ROAD...
WALKWAY...OR PATH...FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE RULE: TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TADD PROGRAM...VISIT HTTP://TADD.WEATHER.GOV.
FOR FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT OUR NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE AT
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD HAZARDS.

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