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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
830 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

MARCH 15 THROUGH MARCH 22 IS FLOOD SAFETY WEEK IN THE UNITED STATES.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO WILL FEATURE INFORMATION
ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY`S TOPIC: TURN AROUND DONT DROWN

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

FLOODING IS THE 2ND LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER RELATED FATALITIES IN
THE U.S. ON AVERAGE...FLOODING CLAIMS THE LIVES OF 85 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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