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Severe Weather Week reminds people to prepare

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:10am

Happy Severe Weather Week!

That's not a statement people around the Ark-La-Tex will hear often, but preparing for severe weather will make people happy when it hits the area.

The region is no stranger to severe weather, especially tornadoes. Every county and parish in the area had been subject to a tornado event and every year this particular region has thousands of thunderstorms every year.

With all of the severe weather outbreaks, the National Weather Service and American Red Cross want people to take this week to make sure they are prepared for any weather outbreaks.

Battery  powered NOAA radios are an essential, they alert people to any warnings or watches in an area. The Red Cross has just introduced an app that functions in the same way, emitting a loud noise to alert people of potential hazards in the area.

This is also a good time to practice safety plans. Every family should have a plan for different types of emergencies, from fires to tornadoes. The Red Cross also stresses that people should have a meeting point somewhere on the property to make sure all family members are accounted for. Safety plans should be practiced as often as necessary, so that if they are needed, following the plan is second nature.

This week is also a time to update safety kits. Swap out old food and water for fresher items. People should keep enough supplies on hand to survive for three days. Batteries, flashlights, medicines and copies of important documents should be kept in the kit at all times. It's also a good idea to keep some cash in them. When a emergency strikes, banks might also be closed or destroyed, rendering bank cards useless.

And of course, don't forget to pack for furry family members when preparing kits.

In a disaster prone area, it's always best to plan for the worst and hope for the best.

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