LOUISIANA — Louisiana's "Severe Weather Awareness Week" is this week, February 17-21. The National Weather Service in New Orleans will choose a topic to focus on and prepare you for any upcoming severe weather that heads toward south Louisiana.
Today's topic is "Have a plan."
Having a plan in place BEFORE severe weather occurs is important. What's your plan when a tornado warning is issued in your area? What will you do if you are at work and your kids are at school? Go over, as a family, your severe weather safety plan.
In post-storm interviews, the NWS found that people who had preventative safety measures in place before a severe weather event saw higher chances of survival, than those who did not.
Here are some helpful tips to include in your severe weather safety plan:
- Know the difference between a watch and warning
Have a reliable source for receiving emergency information (TV, Radio,
NOAA Weather Radio)
- Review and test your plan often, especially with your kids
- Identify shelter areas in your home, work and school
Most schools, government agencies, and private businesses have severe weather safety plans already. While the weather is quiet, it is important to conduct practice drills to prepare for "the real deal."