Curt Temple receiving the first Turn Around Don't Drown signs from Bill Borthwick in Lincoln County.

New TADD Signs

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) and the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) are proud to announce that recently acquired Turn Around Don’t Drown signs for Low Water Crossings across New Mexico have started to work their way into communities around the state. The first recipient was Curt Temple with Lincoln County who received 24 signs. Other locations where you should soon see TADD signs are

  • City of Las Vegas
  • Luna County
  • Santa Fe County
  • Village of Tijeras
  • Otero County
  • City of Farmington
  • Pueblo de Cochiti

New Mexico State Floodplain Coordinator, Bill Borthwick with NMDHSEM, received funding from FEMA Region VI through the Community Assistance Program – State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE) program to acquire 85 Turn Around Don’t Drown signs. Mr. Borthwick partnered with the NMFMA to distribute the signs across New Mexico. Communities who receive the signs are required to install the signs, photograph them, and GPS the locations of the signs. This information will be given back to the NMFMA to begin constructing a statewide low water crossing database. Mr. Borthwick hopes to work with FEMA Region VI and NMFMA in the future to continue to acquire and distribute signs across New Mexico.

According to the National Weather Service, 64 New Mexicans have lost their lives and 78 have been seriously injured in flash floods since 1959. Sixty-six percent of the fatalities occurred in a car.

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