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Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
810 AM CDT TUE MAR 18 2014

...FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK DAY 2...TURN AROUND DON/T DROWN...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NWS IN DES MOINES
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 NWS 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 DON/T
DROWN HAS BECOME A CATCHPHRASE 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 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 DON/T DROWN.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TADD PROGRAM VISIT
HTTP://TADD.WEATHER.GOV/.

FOR FLOOD SAFETY TIPS VISIT OUR NEWLY REDESIGNED WEB SITE AT
HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/.


JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD HAZARDS.

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