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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
952 AM EDT TUE MAR 18 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ HAS DECLARED MARCH 16 THROUGH
MARCH 22 AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN TAUNTON WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT
FLOOD TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THIS 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 THIS 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 IS ONE THING TO SEE OR HEAR THE PHRASE...AND
ANOTHER TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE.

FLOODING IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER RELATED
FATALITIES IN THE U.S. /BEHIND HEAT/. 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 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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