Sunday, March 17, 2013

Flood Awareness Week 2013


Did you know that the number one weather related fatality is from floods?

Starting tomorrow (March 18th to March 22nd) is National Flood Awareness Week and it is important to note what is the principle reason for deaths during a flood.  I have been in a bad flood and the most dangerous situation I encountered was driving, where it is very difficult to tell how deep waters are during a flash flood and especially difficult during a blinding rain storm and at night.  Please share with new drivers and remind friends and family to not cross flooded roads.  If you happen to find a flooded road it is recommend to not cross and to find another route.  Pull over and find another route to your destination (if you have a GPS learn how to set a new route).

 Driving: Flood Facts

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

    Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
    A foot of water will float many vehicles
    Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
    Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
    Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
    Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
    Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
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It is important to understand that spring is almost here and this is when storms can cause flooding.  March is particulaly a challenging time to forecast winter and spring storm that can produce any type of liquid or frozen precipitation in the same day!  Be aware, watch the news or read online to know when a storm is coming before that morning or afternoon drive.  The_Weather_Vane posts the forecasts and updates from The National Weather Service on a daily basis using social media sources such as Facebook, twitter and a Mobile App., but do not limit your sources for information.  You can buy a battery powered weather radio that will work during a power outage.  Even cell phone services may be interrupted during a storm.  Look at the chart below from last year showing how important it is to be Weather aware this month.

 How to be Weather Aware:

First, read the News by watching TV (daily) or search local news/weather on the internet.
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If you know a storm in coming see if you need to evacuate and if the threat is not severe enough to leave then make sure you get, supplies and needed medications if you feel you will be without power.

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