On average, more people are killed by flooding than by any other single severe weather hazard, including tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes. Most of these deaths occur at night, when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers, and when people are trapped in vehicles. Do you and your family know what to do in case of a flood?
If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area...
Why is "Turn Around - Don't Drown" so important?
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.
For more information visit the NOAA's Flash Flood Safety Guide.
Keep Food Safe During Spring and Summer Storms
LINCOLN, Neb. -- From thunderstorms to flooding, when spring and summer severe weather strikes it's important to remember basic food safety information if there are power outages or other problems, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln food safety specialist said.
Power outages can occur at any time of the year, said Julie Albrecht, UNL food safety specialist in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. When Nebraskans have to deal with power outages, storing cold foods and making sure they stay safe should be a priority.
"After a storm has knocked out electricity, it can take from a few hours to a few days for electricity to be restored," Albrecht said. "Without electricity or a cold source, the food inside your fridge or freezer can become unsafe. Bacteria in food grows rapidly in the 'temperature danger zone' between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. People can become sick if they eat foods that have set out for more than two hours at these temperatures."
To prepare for a possible weather emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends:
After the weather emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends doing these things: