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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
600 AM EDT TUE MAR 18 2014

...THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

TODAYS TOPIC IS TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

TURN AROUND DONT DROWN IS A NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAMPAIGN
TO WARN PEOPLE OF THE HAZARDS OF WALKING OR DRIVING THROUGH FLOOD
WATERS.

EACH YEAR...MORE DEATHS OCCUR DUE TO FLOODING THAN FROM ANY OTHER
SEVERE WEATHER RELATED HAZARD. THE MAIN REASON IS PEOPLE
UNDERESTIMATE THE FORCE OF WATER. MORE THAN HALF OF ALL FLOOD
RELATED DEATHS RESULT FROM VEHICLES BEING SWEPT DOWNSTREAM. MANY ARE
PREVENTABLE.

TO AVOID BECOMING CAUGHT IN THESE SITUATIONS...FOLLOW THESE SAFETY
RULES...MONITOR THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS...OR YOUR
FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE FOR VITAL WEATHER RELATED INFORMATION. IF
FLOODING OCCURS...GET TO HIGHER GROUND. GET OUT OF AREAS SUBJECT TO
FLOODING. THIS INCLUDES DIPS...LOW SPOTS...CANYONS AND WASHES. AVOID
AREAS ALREADY FLOODED...ESPECIALLY IF THE WATER IS FLOWING FAST. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS...TURN AROUND DONT DROWN. ROAD
BEDS MAY BE WASHED OUT UNDER FLOOD WATERS. NEVER DRIVE THROUGH
FLOODED ROADWAYS...TURN AROUND DONT DROWN. DO NOT CAMP OR PARK YOUR
VEHICLE ALONG STREAMS AND WASHES...PARTICULARLY DURING THREATENING
CONDITIONS. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO
RECOGNIZE FLOOD DANGERS.

THE TOPICS THAT WE WILL FOCUS ON THE REST OF THIS WEEK ARE...
WEDNESDAY...FLOODING AND RELATED PHENOMENA.
THURSDAY...FLOOD INSURANCE.
FRIDAY...FLOOD SAFETY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK USE THIS WEB SITE...

HTTP://WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...CONTACT GARY CONTE AT
GARY.CONTE@NOAA.GOV  OR NANCY FURBUSH AT NANCY.FURBUSH@NOAA.GOV.







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