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TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN®

August 28, 2013

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don’t Drown. You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.

Follow these safety rules:

  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Flash Floods

Except for heat related fatalities, more deaths occur from flooding than any other hazard. Why? Most people fail to realize the power of water. For example, six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet. While the number of fatalities can vary dramatically with weather conditions from year to year, the national 30-year average (1977-2006) for flood deaths is 99. That compares with a 30-year average of 61 deaths for lightning, 54 for tornadoes and 49 for hurricanes.

Most flash floods are caused by slow moving thunderstorms, thunderstorms that move repeatedly over the same area or heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes. These floods can develop within minutes or hours depending on the intensity and duration of the rain, the topography, soil conditions and ground cover.

Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Rapidly rising water can reach heights of 30 feet or more. Furthermore, flash flood-producing rains can also trigger catastrophic mud slides.

The Brown Road Boat Ramp and parking area will be closed approximately 4 days beginning Monday, August 26 to accommodate the circulation improvement project that includes parking lot redevelopment / re-striping and accessible route installation.

We appreciate your patience!

For more information, contact:
Sharon Nicometo
Anderson County Parks Department
101 S. Main St., Room 13
P.O. Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29622
864.231.7275

TIPS FOR A SAFER HOME

August 28, 2013

Unfortunate as it is, home invasions and home burglaries are common everywhere now, whether you live in a small town or a metropolitan area. The bad guys are looking to see who appears to be the most vulnerable. Here are just a few quick tips to make your home safer.

Get a deadbolt lock, secure Sliding glass doors, and change your routine.
The reason for changing your routine is simple.  Usually before someone decides to break into your home, they most likely have been observing you for awhile, to discover what your regular routine is.

Watch shrubbery
And remember outside lights
Criminals who intend to conceal themselves want the perfect place to hide and shrubbery is perfect for that purpose. Outside lights are also important in deterring thieves.
Never open a door to a stranger.
People will attempt to get you to open up your door, by appealing to you for help. Someone may knock on your door or ring your doorbell and claim to have a flat tire or claim to have an emergency situation and need to use your phone.  Home invasions occur when unscrupulous individuals are able to push their way into your home. It is also important to teach children never to open a door for someone they do not know.  Don’t give criminals that chance to break into your home.
Give the illusion of being there.
If you plan on going away for an extended stay somewhere, make sure it doesn’t look that way. Be sure that you have your mail held, so your mailbox does not “over-flow.”  Have your newspaper delivery stopped, and consider timed lighting to go on and off at different times.