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It's Severe Weather Awareness Week In Louisiana

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week In Louisiana

February 16th through the 23rd is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Louisiana, and officials are urging residents to check their level of preparedness now, as state and local leaders do the same.

"I know it's early, we just came out of ice storms and other things, but now's the time to be planning for summer - hurricane season," says Kevin Davis, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or GOHSEP.

Louisiana is also entering the time of the year with the greatest chance of severe weather developing that could lead to damaging winds from thunderstorms and even tornadoes.

There's also the concern of flash flooding, as snow melts and makes it way down the Mississippi River.

"Especially with all the snow and ice up north, we'll have conditions here in the South with rivers rising in the next couple of months, so it's something to be prepared for and ready in case you have to evacuate," said Davis.

In Jefferson Parish, residents can sign up for the parish's community emergency alert system at jpalert.org.

For those in New Orleans, emergency information is available at nola.gov/ready.

On the Northshore, there's Alert! St. Tammany.

GOHSEP also offers families and business owners help with preparing for severe weather and hurricane season at getagameplan.org.



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