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Issued by NWS Greer, SC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
700 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 20 AS FLOOD SAFETY PREPAREDNESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT FLOOD TOPIC EACH
DAY DURING THE WEEK.

TODAY`S 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
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV. JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD
HAZARDS.

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