Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
856 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK STATE HAS DECLARED MARCH 15
THROUGH MARCH 21 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON WILL FEATURE INFORMATION
ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: TURN AROUND DON/T DROWN

TURN AROUND DON/T 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 INSTALLED AT LOW WATER
CROSSINGS DURING THE PAST DECADE. THE PHRASE...TURN AROUND DON/T
DROWN...HAS BECOME A CATCH PHRASE IN THE MEDIA...CLASSROOM...AND
EVEN AT HOME. IT/S 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 PICKUP TRUCKS. 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 DON/T 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.

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DAVID NICOSIA WARNING COORDINATION
METEOROLOGIST FOR NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON AT
607-770-9531 EXT. 223 OR VIA EMAIL AT DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

$$

DAVID J. NICOSIA
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY







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