LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) With severe weather in the forecast, we were curious as to what plans local government has in place to warn residents of incoming threats.
Here in South Louisiana, there are two types of severe weather we’re familiar with: flooding and hurricanes.
Fortunately, we’ve got an accurate weather team to forecast so we can anticipate the threat.
But, in the case of tornadoes, which are not common to our neck of the woods, how do we best defend ourselves?
Tornadoes touched down in New Orleans, February 2017, Lafayette, March 2017, and Mangham in North Louisiana in March of this year.
Tornadoes appear to be a more common sighting in Louisiana, and we could see more on Thursday.
These tornadoes are expected to hit during the first half of Thursday morning, which pose another threat.
At Lafayette Parish 911 Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness they’re always monitoring the forecast through local media and the national sources as well.
Director Craig Stansbury says in the event severe weather strikes in the middle of the night, there are several options they use to contact you.
“It’s called blackboard connect. What it’s able to do years, you can disseminate a radius or any area that we would like to notify residents of that. It will identify residents through their address and send them out a notification”, Stansbury said.