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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
739 AM EDT MON MAR 17 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.  THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY 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 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.

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