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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
737 AM CDT WED MAR 19 2014

...2014 FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) HAS DECLARED MARCH 16TH THROUGH
MARCH 22ND AS FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN NASHVILLE 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 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 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
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:

TADD.WEATHER.GOV

FOR FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...VISIT OUR NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE AT:

WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR INFORMATION ON THE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM.

&&

IMPORTANT FLOOD WEBSITES

NWS AHPS: WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS

NWS: WWW.WEATHER.GOV

NWS NASHVILLE: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NASHVILLE

NWS MOBILE SITE: MOBILE.WEATHER.GOV

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS: WWW.FLOODSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

BE A FORCE OF NATURE: WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/COM/WEATHERREADYNATION/FORCE.HTML

FEMA: WWW.FEMA.GOV

FEMA`S MAP SERVICE CENTER: MSC.FEMA.GOV

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL

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