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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT TUE MAR 18 2014

...NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...



THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED MARCH 17 THROUGH 21, 2014,

NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL TOPIC

EACH DAY DURING THE WEEK. TODAY`S TOPIC: TURN AROUND, DON`T DROWN,

OR TADD FOR SHORT.



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. 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 95 PEOPLE

EACH YEAR. MOST OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE

ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. TRAGICALLY, TWO SUCH

VEHICLE-RELATED FLOOD FATALITIES OCCURRED IN NORTHERN NEW YORK DURING

THE PASSAGE OF TROPICAL STORM IRENE.  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.



THE SCIENCE BEHIND A VEHICLE BEING SWEPT AWAY INVOLVES TWO FACTORS:

LATERAL FORCES OF THE FLOWING WATER PUSHING AGAINST THE VEHICLE, AND

BUOYANCY OF THE VEHICLE IN WATER.



WATER FLOWING AT 6 TO 12 MPH WILL PUSH AGAINST A MEDIUM SIZED CAR OR SUV

WITH 500 TO 700 POUNDS OF FORCE FOR EACH FOOT THE WATER RISES. AS THE SPEED

OF THE WATER INCREASES, THE FORCE EXERTED GROWS EXPONENTIALLY. RISING WATER

WILL ALSO MAKE YOUR VEHICLE BUOYANT. A FOOT OF WATER WILL IMPART 1500 POUNDS

OF LIFT ON AN AVERAGE SIZED VEHICLE. IN EFFECT YOUR CAR WILL WEIGH 1500

POUNDS LESS. THE COMBINATION OF BUOYANCY AND LATERAL FORCE OF THE WATER

MAKES DRIVING EVEN AN SUV INTO A FLOODED ROAD A RISKY, LIFE THREATENING

PROPOSITION.



THE OTHER CONSIDERATION IS THE ROAD ITSELF. EVEN IF YOU THINK THE WATER

IS VERY SHALLOW, THE ROAD MAY NO LONGER BE THERE. RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER

CAN SCOUR A ROADBED AWAY, AND LEAVE A WEAKENED ROAD SURFACE OR A LARGE

HOLE THAT COULD EASILY SWALLOW A VEHICLE.



ANY TIME YOU COME TO A FLOODED ROAD, WALKWAY, OR PATH, FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE

RULE: TURN AROUND DON`T DROWN.



NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY WITH FLOOD

HAZARDS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY.


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