GOHSEP monitors severe weather in Louisiana

Information from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is monitoring severe weather impacting much of the state. The threat in some areas could last several days. More rain is in the forecast as thunderstorms continue to reproduce. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible.

"We urge everyone to pay close attention to your local forecast," says GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "There have already been Tornado Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings issued as these storms move across the state. Restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without power for an extended period of time. Allow extra time if you must travel during these hazardous conditions."

GOHSEP is working with local agencies to answer any requests for assistance to weather related problems.

Here are a few flood safety tips:

Do Not Walk Through Flowing Water

Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most occur during flash floods. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole or stick to make sure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.

Do Not Drive Through a Flooded Area

Most people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don't drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.

Stay Away From Power Lines and Electrical Wires

Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company or local emergency manager.

Turn Off Your Electricity When You Return Home

Some appliances, such as television sets, can shock you even after they have been unplugged. Don't use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.

Watch for Animals, Especially Snakes

Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn items over and scare away small animals.