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Issued by NWS Jackson, MS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
700 AM CDT TUE MAR 18 2014

                   FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK 2014
                    DAY 2 - TUESDAY MARCH 18 2014


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH
22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
JACKSON MISSISSIPPI 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 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 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 WEBSITE AT WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD HAZARDS.


&&

IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES

NWS AHPS:
 HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/

NWS JACKSON MISSISSIPPI:
 HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/JAN

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER:
 HTTP://WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/

NWS MARINE AND COASTAL SERVICES:
 HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OM/MARINE/MARINE.SHTML

NWS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS:
 HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV/

NWS:
 HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/

NWS WRN:
 HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/

BE A FORCE OF NATURE:
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML

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