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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
338 PM 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 NORMAN 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 NWS 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. 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 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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