Officials urge residents to have plan for tornadoes

Ascension Parish Director of Emergency Preparedness Richard Webre says a weather alert radio should be a part of every home.

"You get a tone you know where to go. It's all pre-planned. You don't have to think about it, move towards location," said Webre.

Webre knows all about having a plan. In early December, a tornado touched down in the Gonzales area. Two weeks later on Christmas Day, Centreville, Mississippi was hit and then in January, another touched down at a plant in Plaquemine. No major injuries were reported but Webre says planning ahead is the key.

"Go to a center section of the house. It could be a hallway without windows. Stay away from windows. One of the bathrooms is fine. Get to the strongest part of the house and the lowest level is the key thing to remember," said Webre.

Remaining in one place during tornado warnings and watches is what Louisiana State Police recommend as well, unless it's to get to a safer location.

"If it's a tornado watch or warning, stay off the roads," said Trooper Jared Sandifer. "If you don't have to be out, don't be out and definitely when you're driving put the cell phone down. It's not worth it to take your eyes off the road to take a picture of a dangerous situation."

"What you want to do is get away from the debris," said Webre. "Flying debris is what injures people during a tornado."

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