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Tips on How to Avoid Drowning

Avoid life-threatening situations by following this simple rule: Turn Around, Don't Drown.

  • Get out of areas subject to flooding and seek higher ground

  • Avoid underpasses, underground parking garages, and basements during or after heavy rain

  • Turn Around, Don't Drown (TADD)
    DO NOT attempt to cross flowing streams and never drive through flooded roadways—six inches of water can stall a vehicle

  •  If your vehicle stalls, get out and move to higher ground
    Two feet of moving water can sweep a vehicle, including SUVs, downstream.
  • If walking in water that is above your ankles, stop and turn around—six inches of rushing water can sweep you off your feet.
  •  At night, be cautious when driving or walking, visibility is poor and it becomes harder to recognize flood danger.
  • Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains, streams, ditches or other dangerous areas.

  • When conditions are dangerous, DO NOT camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, etc.

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