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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
600 AM CST WED DEC 03 2014

...WINTER WEATHER SAFETY AND AWARENESS...

WHILE EXTREME WINTER EVENTS ARE RELATIVELY SMALL IN OUR AREA
COMPARED TO OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH...COLD...SNOW...FOG AND ICE
CAN STILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY DAMAGES...INJURIES AND DEATHS.

TYPICALLY THE GREATEST CHANCE OF EXTENDED COLD WEATHER AND WINTER
TYPE PRECIPITATION IN OUR AREA IS FROM LATE DECEMBER THROUGH EARLY
FEBRUARY. NOW IS THE TIME TO THINK ABOUT WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS
AND DEVELOP PLANS IN THE EVENT WINTER WEATHER DEVELOPS.

RULES ARE LISTED BELOW TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR PLANNING.

CHECK YOUR BATTERY POWERED EQUIPMENT AND HAVE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF
BATTERIES AVAILABLE. ICE STORMS FREQUENTLY INTERRUPT POWER AND YOU
MAY HAVE TO DEPEND ON PORTABLE...BATTERY OPERATED RADIO AND
TELEVISION FOR WEATHER INFORMATION.

CHECK YOUR FOOD SUPPLY AND HAVE AN EXTRA SUPPLY ON HAND. YOUR
SUPPLIES SHOULD INCLUDE FOOD THAT REQUIRES NO COOKING OR
REFRIGERATION IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE.

WRAP INSULATION AROUND EXPOSED WATER PIPES TO PREVENT FREEZING AND
EVENTUAL BURSTING OF WATER PIPES. KNOW HOW TO SHUT OFF WATER COMING
INTO YOUR HOUSE IN THE EVENT PIPES DO BREAK.

MAKE SURE YOUR HOME HEATING SYSTEM IS IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION AND
IS ADEQUATELY VENTILATED. BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL WITH REGARD TO
PLACEMENT AND VENTILATION OF PORTABLE HEATERS. POORLY MAINTAINED
HEATING SYSTEMS POSE A FIRE HAZARD AS WELL AS A HAZARD FROM CARBON
MONOXIDE POISONING.

HAVE A WORKING FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR HOUSE.

IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL...CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION IN
AREAS YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL TO SEE IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
TO DETERIORATE AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

IF DENSE FOG IS OCCURRING OR FORECAST TO OCCUR...ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO
ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION AND REDUCE SPEEDS TO MEET THE DRIVING
CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED.

IF YOU PLAN EXTENDED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES DURING THE WINTER KEEP UP
WITH LATEST WEATHER FORECAST. WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY
FROM SUNNY AND MILD TO VERY COLD WITH RAIN...ICE OR SNOW.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY WITH LAYERED CLOTHING AND HAT. MAKE SURE YOU
HAVE APPROPRIATE GEAR OR MEANS TO STAY DRY. BE ON GUARD FOR SYMPTOMS
OF HYPOTHERMIA WHEN EXPOSED TO COLD TEMPERATURES.

IF WINTER WEATHER DEVELOPS...WHETHER IT TAKES THE FORM OF EXTREME
COLD...ICE OR SNOW...CHECK UP ON ELDERLY RELATIVES ... FRIENDS AND
NEIGHBORS...AND THOSE IN POOR HEALTH TO MAKE SURE THEIR HEATING
SYSTEMS ARE FUNCTIONING AND THEY HAVE ADEQUATE FOOD AND MEDICINE
ON-HAND.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON WINTER WEATHER SAFETY MEASURES
IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN SLIDELL...TELEPHONE NUMBER 985-649-0357. OR VISIT THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEB SITE AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/LIX

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