“We typically know there will be problems, but it is not easy to determine exactly where the most dangerous weather issues will occur. That makes it extremely important to stay aware of your forecast and listen for weather related advisories from the National Weather Service, your local emergency managers and your local media. Also, check your emergency supplies to make sure you are your family are ready.”

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging the people of Louisiana to prepare for another round of severe weather expected to impact the state beginning Friday. The National Weather Service indicates hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible as a cold front moves across the state. Forecasters say heavy rain is also a concern in some areas.

“We have dealt with several storm systems in recent weeks with similar characteristics,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “We typically know there will be problems, but it is not easy to determine exactly where the most dangerous weather issues will occur. That makes it extremely important to stay aware of your forecast and listen for weather related advisories from the National Weather Service, your local emergency managers and your local media. Also, check your emergency supplies to make sure you are your family are ready.”

GOHSEP will be hosting a series of conference calls with local emergency managers concerning this latest weather threat. GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team will be activated this weekend in order to answer any calls for support from our local emergency partners.

Remember to avoid flooded roadways if that becomes a problem. Check the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s www.511la.org before you travel if your region is impacted by the storms.

Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App. It is free for basic service. The Get A Game Plan App is another resource available to help you and your family prepare for any type of emergency. You can download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at www.getagameplan.org.