The Importance of “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

Posted 9:46 a.m.

Sometimes when we share the message, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” we hear feedback that it’s an obvious statement or unnecessary.

We use this message often because nationwide, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Overnight, our Fire and Rescue Department conducted eight swift water rescues, successfully helping a total of 11 people out of their vehicles, including this one:

We share this safety message not because we want to share the most obvious observation, but because it really can happen, as proven last night.

Three key tips to keep in mind:

  1. Never drive through a flooded roadway; the depth, current and condition of the road are all unknowns and can be deadly.
  2. If your vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising, get out of car, call 911, and move to higher ground.
  3. Be especially cautious during periods of limited visibility or nighttime when it is extremely difficult to see and judge conditions.

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One response to “The Importance of “Turn Around, Don’t Drown””

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