The following web story is a transcription from the National Weather Service regarding flooding safety awareness week. This is the second of a five part series on flooding safety which will run each day during New York's flooding safety awareness week. Today TMs topic is Turn Around Don TMt Drown also known as TADD.
Turn Around Don TMt Drown is a National Weather Service campaign to warn people of the hazards of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters.
Why is Turn Around Don TMt Drown so important to talk about? Shockingly, more deaths occur each year due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason for this is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream in a flooded area. Many of these deaths are preventable.
What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation? It is important to follow these safety rules: First, you should keep a close on eye on the weather by going online and visiting our website at here. To stay up to date on the weather anytime, click on the weather page and the severe weather page to keep informed before a storm arrives. In addition, keep informed by watching our newscasts on air for even more late breaking details. If flooding begins or is already occurring, get to higher ground immediately and get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons and washes. Avoid areas that already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. The most important thing to remember is that you should never attempt to cross flowing streams, rivers are any bodies of water. Turn Around Don TMt Drown reminds you that road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Never drive through flooded roadways, you should Turn Around and Don TMt Drown. You should 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 as follows:
Wednesday: Tropical cyclone and inland flooding
Thursday: Snowmelt and ice jams, including the spring flood outlook
Friday: Flood safety