Another Round of Severe Weather Possible

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE  –  The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is urging Louisiana residents to be prepared for possible severe weather this weekend.  The National Weather Service indicates much of the state is under a marginal risk of severe weather starting today as a cold front enters the region.  The area of concern shifts east today.

“Flooding, hail and wind damage are possible in some areas,” said GOHSEP Executive Director Kevin Davis. “We have seen similar problems in recent weeks here in Louisiana.  Get a game plan. Finalize your emergency plans now in case you are faced with power loss or other issues.  Remember to check on loved ones and friends who may need help if dangerous weather impacts the state.  Make sure your emergency kits are stocked with the items you need during an emergency.”

GOHSEP’s staff stands ready to meet any requests for assistance from its local partners.

Flood Tips from the NWS:

Turn Around Don’t Drown

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream.  Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

Emergency alerts are available on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new ALERT FM App. The new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide is available at www.getagameplan.org.