IN OTHER NEWS:
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That is, Helping Out! Helping Others! Holiday Outreach!
Once again, the holidays are upon us! If you are a Tacoma-area family in need of assistance with gifts for your family, our Holiday Assistance Progam is now open until December 11th! Families with children under the age of 18 still living at home can come in to the SHIELD Center Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday 10am-2pm. You will need the following information to sign up for Christmas assistance:
- Picture ID for all adult family members
- Identification for ALL family members
- Verification of address
Tacoma, WA 98405
Turn Around, Don’t Drown
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flooding is the second leading cause of weather-related fatalities in the United States. Most of these deaths occur when a vehicle is driven through flooded roadways. Other lives can be lost when people walk into flood waters.
This happens because many people underestimate the power of water. According to the CDC, it only takes six inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult and 18 inches of flowing water to carry away most vehicles, including SUVs. Also, it is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a road or the condition of road beneath the water, especially at night when vision is limited.
Play it safe! When you come to a flooded road, path or walkway, follow this rule: Turn Around, Don’t Drown. The National Weather Service (NWS) developed the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” Campaign to educate people about the dangers of driving or walking through flood waters.
To learn more about flooding hazards, check out this informative NWS public service announcement.