Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KANSAS
1005 AM CDT 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 DODGE CITY WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT
FLOOD TOPIC EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS 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 OUR NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE AT
WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV. JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON FLOOD
HAZARDS.

$$

RFS






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