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Louisiana Observes National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Release date: 
March 4, 2013
Release Number: 
DR-4102-LA 01

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians know severe weather. In the last six months alone, the state has experienced two federally declared disasters, Hurricane Isaac and the January severe storms and floods.

The week of March 3-9 marks National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges Louisiana residents to add to their existing knowledge as they make themselves, their families and their homes storm ready.

FEMA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have joined together to increase awareness of severe weather and to motivate individuals, families, businesses and communities to take actions that will prepare them to face severe weather. “Be a Force of Nature” is the slogan for this year’s campaign.

“FEMA’s mission includes supporting the nation in bettering its capability to prepare for severe weather and other disasters,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of FEMA. “Initiatives like Severe Weather Preparedness Week help people everywhere learn how they can prepare for the sorts of weather-related hazards they face in their communities.”

Louisiana experiences tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, extreme heat, thunderstorms and hail. Residents can take steps now to reduce the impact of these events on their families, including:

LaHouse Resource Center at Louisiana State University showcases more ways people can safeguard their homes. Click on /medialibrary/media_records/11415.

To learn more about severe weather, click and //  For resources in Spanish, click Disaster preparedness is featured on

More information on Louisiana disaster recovery is available online at or FEMA is also on Twitter at and on Facebook at

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 12:09