Flood Safety Awareness
Recent flooding around the country claimed the lives of many folks who potentially had very bright futures. Flooding can happen in an instant, quickly overtaking your car, but often people ignore road closure signs and drive into flooded roads at their own peril. And when your vehicle becomes stranded in water, it can be easy to panic and make a deadly mistake. Do you exactly what to do if you’re vehicle loses power in the water? Follow these exact steps and share this lifesaving message with your community.
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For Donna Uzzi, the tragic death of her son, Anthony, in a car accident that flipped the vehicle into a canal, was a wake-up call to the threat of getting trapped in a car. Car entrapment in a submerged vehicle is a serious threat, however, it doesn’t get much attention. Whether it’s due to flood or car accident, seconds count when it comes to escaping your vehicle. As the anniversary of Anthony Almonte’s memorial approaches, we’d like to touch on the importance of sharing awareness about car entrapment and driver safety. Share this article with someone you love and get the word out.
In the fall of 2009, Anthony, 17, was in the car with friends. While on the main road, the boys were involved in a car accident and hit a guard rail causing the posts to collapse and act as a ramp, which in turn, helped flip the car into the water of the canal. The car wound up upside down in the water. Only one of the boys was able to get out. The other three, including Anthony, were not saved in time.
“Before this accident, it never occurred to me that it would be so difficult to get out of your car when it’s under water,” Donna Uzzi said. “I am amazed how little people think of the possibility when it happens so often. Now I notice so many canals that are not properly protected by guard rails.”
Wanting to honor her son and prevent another parent from ever experiencing her same pain, Uzzi started Think First For Safety Corp. In this video, she shares with the audience the experience of what it is like to be trapped in a car and how difficult it is to maneuver in the dark.
Uzzi believes the resqme tool can help with her cause of not only spreading the world about submerged vehicle entrapment, but saving people’s lives if they find their selves in similar situations. “[The emergency response team ] ended up having to break the windows,” she said. “I know they ended up having to call for knives to cut the seatbelts.”
Despite the pain, Uzzi believes there is something valuable the public can learn from her son’s death. She continues to educate the community about teen driver safety awareness and safety on the road, in general.
“We all need to THINK, Together we can Help Inspire Necessary Knowledge,” said Uzzi. “Educate ourselves and save our loved ones. It is now my personal mission to make sure everyone has a resqme and knows what to do if they should ever find themselves trapped in a car.”
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Anyone who has been driving cars for a while will vouch for the fact that driving in the rainy season is quite different from doing so in dry weather. When taking your car out on a rainy day, it is very likely that its tires will lose their grip on the road. Your vision will be dramatically affected as well. It becomes difficult to see other vehicles and read the road-safety signs. Getting a clear view of the road also becomes a challenge.
Other reasons why driving on a wet road is extremely risky is because when the road gets wet, oil and grime that have settled into it rise to the surface, making the road highly greasy and slippery. This makes it difficult to get traction.
Wondering what you can do to ensure safe rides this monsoon? Here are few tips for that.
- Drive Slow
One of the easiest and the most effective ways of preventing an accident on a slippery road is by driving slowly. Reducing speed ensures that a greater amount of the tire’s tread makes contact with the surface of the road, thereby giving you better traction. Keeping your pace steady, avoiding speeding and swerving, and shunning jerky movements at the time of braking, accelerating or turning will also be helpful.
- Keep Your Distance
You will do well to maintain a considerable distance from the vehicle in front of you as a safety measure. It takes a longer time to stop your car on a wet road than a dry one, even if your tires are of the highest quality and intended for being used on wet pavements. Hence, it is best not to drive too closely behind other cars.
Further, keep an eye out for brake lights flashed by the car ahead of you. It is also suggested to turn your headlights on so that other drivers can see you from a distance. Driving without cruise control will also keep you more alert.
- Keep the Lights On
Apart from your car’s headlights, make sure you turn on the lights at the right time. Bear in mind that you need not use fog lamps unless the visibility is very poor. This is because the rear and front fog lamps may distract other drivers. This also applies to the main beam headlamps as their glare can also leave other driver blinded momentarily. Use them as you would under normal circumstances.
- Do This If Your Car kids
So what happens if your car skids on a wet slippery road? Would you instantly start slamming the brakes? While that seems like the right thing to do, avoid doing so. By all means, apply the brakes, but in a firm and a steady manner. If your car has anti-lock brakes, apply more pressure to the brakes but avoid pumping them. Steer in the direction of the skid.
In case there is too much water on the road, your car may end up hydroplaning i.e. the tires of your car might lift away from the surface of the road and float on the water. In such cases, avoid slamming the brakes and gently take the foot off the accelerator. Press the clutch and allow the car to slow down by itself. Keep the steering in the direction of travel.
- Avoid Driving When Tired/Distracted
Driving in wet weather calls for very high levels of alertness, especially when driving in the dark. Hence, it is best to avoid driving if you’re feeling tired. If you must drive, then take regular breaks by pulling up at a safe spot and taking rest.
Apart from that avoid distractions such as using the cellphone, talking, eating, drinking, changing the radio station, turning around to hand items to the passengers in the backseat, playing with your children, and anything else that requires you to take your hands off the wheel.
- Check Your Tires
Driving on a wet road with a defective or a bald tire will make it difficult for you to stay safe. It is recommended that you check your tires for tread wear from time to time. Additionally, get the air pressure checked at least once a month. Ask the car mechanic to rotate the tires as part of the routine maintenance to ensure even wear on all sides.
Needless to say, if you live in a region which experiences a lot of rain, get tires that are designed particularly for slippery road conditions.
- Driving Through a Flood
Keep in mind that driving through a flood can be extremely dangerous and can cause serious damage to your car.
You never know how deep the flood water can be. If you do not see other cars driving through it, play it safe and avoid driving through it as well. The water may be carrying harmful submerged objects, or it could have a strong current which could sweep your car away.
It is always better to take another (safer) route. If you choose to drive through, however, keep the car at the highest point of the road and make sure your path is devoid of other cars through to the other end of the water. Other cars may stop, which would leave you stuck in the water as well.
Drive slowly and steadily as driving too fast might cause your car to hydroplane. Once you’ve built up speed, try not to slow down as that can result in the water flowing back to the radiator grille and getting into the engine or the exhaust pipe. Either of these can cause heavy and permanent damage to your car.
Once you reach the other end of the flood water, drive out of it carefully and make sure to test your brakes before resuming your journey.
Come rainy season and the roads everywhere are going to be wet and slippery. Driving safely can be challenging as you try to prevent your vehicle’s tires from swerving/slipping. Apart from that, it also becomes difficult for the driver to see the road clearly, and make quick safety-related decisions. However, you can keep danger out of your way by taking necessary and timely precautions. Adhering to the above safe-driving tips should be of immense help when it comes to dealing with wet roads. Do make sure to abide by them and you should be able to put all your wet-road-driving woes behind and stay safe and sound.
Author Bio: Rachel Oliver specializes in laws dealing with traffic defense and related niches. Updated with the latest happenings in the legal world, she shares her experiences and anecdotes through her write-ups on various websites. Interact with her through her Google+.
Writting by Robert May, Indiana State Police (Detective)
Robert May - Mary Kay Kidwell - Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht
The Indiana State Police Underwater Search and Recovery team along with the Indianapolis Fire Department and Gordon Giesbrecht, Ph.D. of the University of Manitoba filmed a segment with Good Morning America this winter on cold water immersions. Doctor Giesbrecht is a world renowned expert on surviving the cold. He has teamed up with the Indiana State Police and the Indianapolis Fire Department in the past. When ABC came to him requesting his expertise in their winter survival series he asked to do with ISP and IFD. The segment was filmed at Geist Reservoir in January. Garner’s wrecker Service donated a car for the dive team to drive onto to the ice. ABC Correspondent Matt Gutman drove the car onto to the ice where it broke through and he demonstrates how to escape. ABC flew producers Robert Zepeda in from Miami and Gary Wynn in from New York to produce the segment.
Master Diver Robert May says if you slide off the road into any type of water whether it is frozen or open water the method to survival is the same. Open your windows, undue your seatbelt, get out the window to the top of the car. Once out of the car you can decide to wait for help or make it to shore. If you have children in the car get the oldest out first. Do not use your cell phone while you are in the car to call 911. The time you waste talking to a dispatcher or a friend is the time you need to get out of the car.
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Resqme, Inc is pleased to announce a very exciting up coming event. On Saturday, October 25, Sonia Colasse, our very own Social Media Consultant will be the co driver for Emme Hall in the Powder Puff race in Barstow CA. The women will start at 12:30 and race through off road conditions until 4:30. They will be dealing with rough terrain, flat tires, and high heats, all for a good cause.
In continuing our efforts to protect drivers and increase breast cancer awareness, resqme will be donating 150 pink resqme tools to the event. This is not the first time resqme has teamed up with Emme. We also proudly sponsored her and her car in the Gazelle Rally in Morocco back in March, 2014.
We are so excited to see their great performance this weekend and wish them both the best of luck and a safe trip!
The resqme team supports all those experiencing difficult weather. Dominik Jung, a German meteorologist, explains that next winter will be abnormally cold, and so does American Joe Bastardi, who works for weather giant AccuWeather, and who explains that “it’s going to be very cold.” These forecasts are based on the calculation of climate indices showing that Arctic air masses will move to Europe. The abnormal cold is also determined by the Arctic oscillation–one of the main factors of influence on winter weather in the northern hemisphere.
Floods in Brittany, France: A state of natural disaster will be recognized for Brittany in France. Several Breton municipalities have feet of the water after the flooding of many rivers. New disturbances are expected in the coming weeks.
Storm of snow and freezing rain in Slovenia and Croatia: There are more than 200,000 homes without electricity due to a severe snowstorm and freezing rain that affected the Slovenia.
Snowstorm in the United States: 13 dead, at least 13 people killed in accidents related to the winter storm affecting the southern United States. In Alabama, five people killed in road accidents caused by the bad weather, while in Mississippi four people, including two children, killed in a fire after a heating problem. Four other people killed in road accidents in North Carolina and Georgia, where, between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening of last week, there were more than 1,460 collisions and 175 people were injured.
Snowstorm in Romania: there are more than 100 national roads and highways that were closed to traffic due to a snowstorm affecting northeast Romania. Low temperatures and high winds have caused many difficulties in many cities of the country. Some 60 cars are remained blocked because of snow, in Calarasi and Uuziceni counties.
Powerful storm of hail in Lisbon: Lisbon, the capital of the Portugal, suffered a violent hail storm storm last Thursday. The hail that fell in the early hours of the morning left a thick white coat, giving the normally mild temperature of the town an aspect of a winter sports resort.
Heavy rains in the southeast of the Philippines: at least 13 people were killed and seven others went missing in the southern Philippines due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes. The floods have affected 132,000 people in 10 provinces.
Britain is facing the worst series of storms of the last 20 years: a new storm named Christina was approaching and the Meteorological Agency has had 73 alerts to flooding, and about 217 areas are on flood alert. After weeks of bad weather, water-saturated soils and rivers are in spate.
Cyclone Bejisa: end of red alert in the island of Réunion. 2 killed, 15 wounded. Cyclone away now from the Reunion Island, he was at 07 h 100 km in the South of the island.
Storm Dirk: one dead, one missing and more than 17,000 homes without electricity in Brittany: the storm Dirk that key Northern Europe currently has 944 hpa pressure at its center located Northwest of Scotland. High winds and heavy rains plan to touch the Atlantic coast, the channel, Belgium and Great Britain.
Bernd storm: thousands of homes without electricity in Ireland. Bernd storm which is located north of Britain with a pressure of 950 hpa, mainly affects Ireland, Scotland, Wales and West of England, with violent gusts of wind and heavy rain.
Rare snowfall in northern Vietnam: a cold wave hit many parts of East-Central and northeastern Asia, giving rise to intense snow falls, reaching even the North of Vietnam.
Rare snowfall in the Arabian desert: cold wave that hit Eastern Europe and the Middle East has caused significant snow falls in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the overlapping of snow often exceeded 40 to 50 cm in some areas, with close overlapping of 80 cm at an altitude of 700 meters.
In drought, there’s good sources; in distress, good friends. We are counting on you to help people in difficulties no matter where you are in the world.
The resqme tool…”when seconds count…”
Source: World Weather
Author: Sonia Colasse
Jim Giebel of Illinois recently put on a flood awareness booth for his Eagle Scout Project with the Boy Scouts of America. We spoke to Jim about his experiencing using the resqme tool at his booth.
Question: How did your Eagle Scout project come about?
Answer: After thinking about my Eagle project I decided that I wanted to help my community with some sort of flood awareness project. I had a hard time finding an idea at first, but then I realized that al ot of the community really lacked in preparedness for any type of flooding. It was in recent years that flooding became prominent in my community.
Q: Who and where did you share this information with in your community?
A: I eventually did research and found a abundance of flood prevention materials and information. I had come up with a presentation to present to the Village of Oakbrook and at the final setup, the Taste of Oakbrook.
Q: What kind of safety information did you share?
A: In the booth that I created I also set up a list of items including the resqme to show the public tools and information you can take with you in a emergency preparedness bag. You can keep this at home, in your car, or office. In addition I handed out my own fliers with information on how to prepare yourself in case a flood were to happen to you. The information included things to pack for a emergency prep bag and flood insurance information. Locations to meet your family if separated, how to make and stack sandbags, and where to find them.
Q: What part did the resqme tool and flyers play?
A: The reqme tool and flyers allowed me to present what you could do if you were stuck In your car in a flood situation or if you needed to help out another car. This was a major part in my booth as it gave the public ideas of how they could be prepared in flash flood situations with such a small tool.
Q: Did you work with your troop on this project?
A: During the taste my troop helped me set up and share the information that I received and had made for my community. They were a major part of my project as there were over 25,000 people at the Taste and I couldn’t have done the project without them.
Q: What did you ultimately learn?
A: This project taught me a lot about flooding and I learned as I taught more and more people it was embedded into my brain so that I could teach and help my community more in the future.
Congratulations to Jim on his Eagle Scout project and we commend him for sharing such valuable safety information with his community. With all the recent flooding across the United States, such awareness about emergency preparation is vital in keeping motorists safe on the road. If you want to learn more about the resqme tool, visit: www.resqme.com
Check out some photos from the event!
-The resqme team