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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
608 AM CST WED FEB 11 2015

      ...MISSISSIPPI TORNADO PREPAREDNESS WEEK...
      ...FEBRUARY 9 THROUGH FEBRUARY 13 2015...

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.

TODAYS TOPIC IS TORNADOES...NATURES MOST VIOLENT STORMS.

TORNADOES ARE ONE OF NATURES MOST VIOLENT WEATHER EVENTS.  A
TORNADO IS DEFINED AS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR WHICH IS
ATTACHED TO A THUNDERSTORM AND IS IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND.  IN
THE MOST EXTREME TORNADOES WIND SPEEDS MAY EXCEED 250 MILES PER
HOUR.

LAST YEAR WAS A QUIET YEAR WITH REGARD TO TORNADOES IN SOUTHEAST
LOUISIANA AND EXTREME SOUTH MISSISSIPPI WITH A TOTAL OF ONLY 6
TORNADOES RECORDED.  OF THE THREE TORNADOES THAT TOUCHED DOWN IN
EXTREME SOUTH MISSISSIPPI...ALL WERE RATED AS WEAK AND ONLY CAUSED
MINOR DAMAGE.

EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT LIVES CAN BE SAVED IF PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF
THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH TORNADOES AND SEVERE WEATHER...AND ARE
PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM NATURES MOST
VIOLENT AND UNPREDICTABLE STORMS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MEANS TO
RECEIVE WEATHER WARNINGS AND KNOW THE BASIC SAFETY RULES TO PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM SEVERE WEATHER.

SHOULD A TORNADO WARNING BE ISSUED OR IF THREATENING WEATHER
DEVELOPS IN YOUR AREA...PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES:

1. IN HOMES OR SMALL BUILDINGS GO TO A SMALL INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR...AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORWAYS.

2  STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS...OPENING OR CLOSING WINDOWS WILL DELAY
YOUR  ESCAPE TO SAFETY AND WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE TO DAMAGE
CAUSED TO YOUR HOME OR BUILDING.

3. DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR...INSTEAD LEAVE YOUR
CAR IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK SHELTER IN A WELL CONSTRUCTED BUILDING.

4. IF CAUGHT OUTSIDE...LIE FLAT IN A NEARBY DITCH OR DEPRESSION.

5. MOBILE HOMES...EVEN IF TIED DOWN...OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM
TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE ABANDONED FOR WELL CONSTRUCTED
BUILDINGS.

THIS 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.  SOME 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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