Henderson County Technical Rescue Team members assisted Rescue Instructors Group and Asheville Fire Department with the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore train for Swiftwater Rescue for a Weather Channel safety and preparedness segment on the Nantahala River.
A special thanks to those who represented Henderson County:
- Ricky Brown - Valley Hill Fire & Rescue
- Jason Justus - Mountain Home Fire & Rescue
- Mark Shepherd - Henderson County Rescue Squad
- Greg Willis - Etowah-Horse Shoe Fire & Rescue
Hosted by Rescue Instructors Group, this training provided a tremendous public education opportunity to teach viewers what to expect and how to respond during a flood emergency.
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.
Follow these safety rules:
- Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, 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™
- 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.
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