Flood Safety Awareness
AUSTIN, April 6, 2016 - Flash flooding is the number one weather-related killer in Texas. More than 50 percent of all flash flood fatalities nationwide involve vehicles. Saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown (TADD)!
Flooded roads are especially dangerous at night. Saving your life – and preserving your vehicle – can be as simple as choosing a different route when you see water across a roadway.
Night driving makes it especially difficult to judge how water depth. Nearly eight of ten vehicle related flood fatalities in Texas occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Day or night, the best advice always Turn Around, Don't Drown.
Always Be Prepared
Always be prepared for any severe weather or emergency that may arise. Preparing and maintaining an emergency supply kit is a simple and effective way to sustain you and your family following a disaster. Developing an emergency plan for you and your family is another way to protect yourself should a disaster occur.
More information about TADD can be found at: www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/
For more information on emergency supply kits visit: www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Preparedness/emerSupplyKits.htm.
Additional information on emergency planning is available at: www.dps.texas.gov/dem/Preparedness/emerPlanningTips.htm.