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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Turn Around Don’t Drown #TADD

Turn Around, Don't Drown InfographicFlooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, and most flood-related deaths can be prevented if you understand the force and power of rushing flood water. When you see flood waters ahead:Turn Around Don't Drown.

Stay safe by staying out of flood waters before and after the floods or storms have passed.

If you come upon flood water, you may not know how deep the water is or what is in the water that you cannot see including hazardous materials, sharp items or downed power lines. Consider these facts to be flood smart:

·         Just six (6) inches of moving water can knock you down.
·         Just one (1) foot of water can sweep your vehicle off the roadway.
·         If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in the vehicle.
·         If water is moving at a high velocity and is rapidly rising in the vehicle, exit the vehicle immediately, seek refuge on the roof of the vehicle, and signal for help. 
·         If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately (unless water is moving at a high velocity) and move to higher ground. Rapidly rising water can engulf the vehicle and its occupants, sweeping them away.

For more information on how to prepare and stay safe download thePrepareathon How to Prepare for a Flood guide.

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