Turn Around, Don't Drown Signs Made by Local Public Works Department
By Jerry Orchanian, WCM, NWS Nashville, TN
One way county an emergency managers has been able to acquire Turn
Around Don't Drown s signs for low lying and flood-prone areas in
their county is to apply for a $1000 grant from Allstate Insurance. For
example, this was done with the help of Tim Troutman, WCM, NWS Huntsville
, AL, and EMA Director Mike Hall in Lincoln County, TN. When made by
a private company, the approximate cost for each of the 30 signs they
obtained was about $33.
Scott Harris, Acting Deputy Director of Davidson County, TN, Office
of Emergency Management, came up with another approach. He arranged for
the Public Works Department (PWD), under the TN State Highway Department,
to make around 40 of the signs, and to also pick up the cost. Also of note
is that the signs made by the PWD are highly reflective, more so than the
It would be a good idea for emergency managers to check with their local
Public Works Department to see if this can be done in their area.