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...Introduction to Severe Weather Awareness Week...
The week of February 16th through 22nd has been declared Severe Weather Awareness
Week for the state of Louisiana. Spring is the season when severe weather is most likely to strike.
Severe thunderstorms can form in only a matter of minutes, bringing with them large hail,
damaging winds, dangerous tornadoes and deadly lightning. These storms can also produce very
heavy rain, dropping several inches in the space of an hour and causing deadly flash flooding.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time to speak with the public about ways we can prepare for
these severe weather threats. This includes having an emergency action plan at home, at school, and
at the office. An important part of this plan is to make sure everyone understands it and is ready to put
it into action when necessary.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will review the most important
aspects of severe weather and highlight their safety rules. Special Public Information Statements will be
issued each day. Newspapers and safety organizations can help to promote awareness by printing and
distributing the safety rules. Broadcast media can help to get this information to the public.