Severe Weather Awareness and Preparedness
What to do BEFORE the storm
There are an average of 16 million thunderstorms each year, 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring at any moment around the globe. It is important to plan ahead for severe weather so you can keep you and your family safe.
- Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school and when outdoors.
- Identify a safe place to take shelter.
- Have frequent drills/
- Know the county/parish in which you live or visit so you know if your area is under posted bulletins and warnings.
- Keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement from weather bulletins.
- Have a portable NOAA Weather Radio with a warnings alarm tone and batter back-up to receive warnings.
- Listen to TV or radio for weather information, or go online.
- Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
- If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young or physically or mentally disabled.