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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
601 AM CST TUE FEB 10 2015

       ...MISSISSIPPI TORNADO PREPAREDNESS WEEK...
      ...FEBRUARY 9 THROUGH FEBRUARY 13 2013...

THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 9 THROUGH FEBRUARY 13 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS
TORNADO PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN MISSISSIPPI.  LATE WINTER AND SPRING
MONTHS TYPICALLY BRING THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY OF SEVERE WEATHER TO
THE GULF COAST REGION. TORNADO PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS A GOOD TIME TO
REVIEW SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY PLANS AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A MEANS TO
RECEIVE TIMELY WARNINGS AND KNOW WHAT ACTION TO TAKE IF SEVERE
WEATHER DEVELOPS.

IN ADDITION TO TORNADOES...LIGHTNING...LARGE HAIL...AND DAMAGING
WINDS...THUNDERSTORMS ALSO CAN PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING. A FLASH FLOOD
IS A FLOOD THAT DEVELOPS QUICKLY ALONG A STREAM...CREEK OR BAYOU DUE
TO HEAVY RAIN OR WATER RELEASES FROM DAMS UPSTREAM.

FLASH FLOODS CAN OCCUR ANY TIME OF THE DAY...BUT ARE MOST
DANGEROUS AT NIGHT. FLOODING CAUSES MORE DEATHS EACH YEAR THAN
ANY OTHER WEATHER EVENT...ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 140 DEATHS EACH
YEAR NATIONWIDE.

FLASH FLOODS ARE VERY DECEPTIVE. OFTEN FLASH FLOODING CAN OCCUR AT
NIGHT WHEN WARNINGS MAY GO UNNOTICED AND WHEN DARKNESS MAKES IT HARD
TO FIND AN ESCAPE ROUTE. EVEN WORSE...THE WATER IS ALMOST ALWAYS
DEEPER AND MOVES MORE SWIFTLY THAN IT APPEARS. IT CAN HIDE DAMAGE
TO THE ROAD BENEATH AS WELL AS DEBRIS ON THE ROAD.

THE SAFETY RULE IS SIMPLE...STAY OUT OF AND AWAY FROM DEEP WATER.
MOTORISTS MUST NOT TRY TO CROSS FLOODED LOW AREAS. EVEN IF A
PREVIOUS VEHICLE MADE IT THROUGH THE FLOODING...THE WATER CAN RISE
SO RAPIDLY THAT YOU MAY NOT MAKE IT. USING ALTERNATE ROUTES TO
AVOID FLOODING IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE.

IF YOUR VEHICLE STALLS IN FLOOD WATERS...LEAVE IT IMMEDIATELY AND
MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND. MOST CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BEGIN TO
FLOAT IN AS LITTLE AS TWO FEET OF WATER. IF THE WATER REACHES THE
DOORS...ELECTRIC WINDOWS AND DOOR SYSTEMS MAY BE SHORTED OUT. EVEN
IF THE ARE NOT...OCCUPANTS MUST PUSH AGAINST THE CURRENT TO OPEN
DOORS. THIS IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

EVERYONE...ESPECIALLY CHILDREN...SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM FLOODED
CREEKS ...STREAMS...OR DRAINAGE DITCHES. THE SWIFT CURRENT CAN
QUICKLY SWEPT AWAY EVEN IF THEY ARE  STRONG SWIMMERS. SOGGY BANKS
ALONG THESE SWIFTLY MOVING WATERS BECOME UNSTABLE AFTER HEAVY

RAIN AND CAN EASILY GIVE AWAY...DUMPING THE VICTIM INTO THE FLOOD
WATERS.

ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AROUND 915AM ...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WILL ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING MESSAGE ON THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO
SYSTEM TO ALLOW ORGANIZATIONS TO TEST AND REVIEW THEIR SEVERE
WEATHER PLANS AND ENSURE THEIR NOAA WEATHER RADIOS ARE WORKING
PROPERLY.  THE TEST MESSAGE WILL BE CLEARLY WORDED AS A TEST.  MANY
NOAA WEATHER RADIO MAY NOT SOUND AN AUDIO ALARM...HOWEVER THEY WILL
DISPLAY TEST ON THEIR SCREEN SIGNIFYING THEY SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED
THE TEST.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEB SITE AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/LIX... OR CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE IN SLIDELL LA AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 985-649-0357.

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