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RADIO FREQUENCY SYSTEM

● Louisiana Emergency Alert System

The following radio stations are key participants in the Louisiana Emergency Alert System.  In the event of an emergency, these stations will broadcast emergency information.

Alexandria

AM 970 (KSYL)

AM 580 (KXMX)

FM 96.0 (KZMZ)

FM 93.1 (KQID)

Baton Rouge

AM 1150 (WJBO)

FM 102.5 (WFMF)

Crowley

FM 102.9(KAJN)

Lafayette

AM 1150 (WJBO)

FM 102.5 (WFMF)

Lake Charles

AM 1470 (KLCL)

FM 99.5 (KHLA)

New Orleans

AM 870 (WWL)

FM 101.9 (WLMG)

Northeast

AM 540 (KNOE)

FM 102.5 (WFMF)

Ruston

AM 1490 (KRUS)

FM 107.5 (KXKZ)

Shreveport

AM 1130 (KWKH)

FM 94.5 (KWKH)

● NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)

NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office.  NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.

SEVERE WEATHER TERMS TO KNOW ...

Natural disasters most likely to occur in Louisiana, particularly in low-lying areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico, include hurricanes and flooding due to heavy rains.  Residents should be familiar with several terms that describe severe weather conditions:

Storm Surge: An abnormal rise of the sea along

a shore as the result, primarily, of the winds from a storm.

Watch: Adverse conditions are possible in the

specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.  May be applied to thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes.

Warning: Adverse conditions are expected in the

specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.  May be applied to thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes.

MEASURING HURRICANE STRENGTH

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Category 1: Minimal Damage. Winds 74-95 mph.

Storm surge generally 4-5 ft. above normal.

Category 2: Moderate Damage. Winds 96-110 mph.

Storm surge generally 6-8 ft. above normal.

Category 3: Extensive Damage. Winds 111-130 mph.

Storm surge generally 9-12 ft. above normal.

Category 4: Extreme Damage. Winds 131-155 mph.

Storm surge generally 13-18 ft. above normal.

Category 5: Catastrophic Damage. Winds > 155 mph.

Storm surge generally > 18 ft. above normal.

PUBLIC SHELTER INFORMATION

Shelters are operated by trained individuals and ensure that the safety, security, and basic needs of its residents are met.

What to bring to a shelter?

● Change of clothing, blanket, and pillow for

each family member

● Your disaster supply kit, including food,

medications, comfort items, and special items for infant or elderly family members.

What NOT to bring?

● There are not weapons, drugs, alcohol, or

pets (service animals excluded) allowed in shelters.

The Homeland Security Advisory System, established in March of 2002, is a tool used to describe threat conditions for a possible terrorist attack.  A color-coded threat level system is used to communicate the five threat levels to the American public.  Prepare your family for these types of emergencies by following the recommendations in this guide or visit www.ready.gov.  For more

information on Homeland Security advisories, visit the LA Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness link: www.ohsep.louisiana.gov/
homeland/HSThreatAdvisory.htm
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SHELTER-IN-PLACE INFORMATION

"Sheltering in place" is a precaution aimed at keeping citizens safe while remaining indoors.  This is no the same thing as evacuating to a shelter and not recommended for hurricanes.  When a "shelter-in-place" order is given by either local or state government, citizens within the affected area should take the following protective measures:

● Go indoors and close all windows and doors

● Turn off all sources of outside air (i.e. air

conditions and ventilation fans/ducts).

● Remain indoors until notified that it is safe

to move outdoors

● Stay tuned to you local radio/

television station to receive official notices.

● Limit telephone usage to emergency

calls only.  This is to prevent the telephone lines from being overloaded with non-emergency calls.

PREPARING YOUR PETS

If you are a pet owner, your family's disaster plan must include your pets.  Bring pets indoors at the first sign of danger.  If you must evacuate, the best thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too.

● Identify boarding facilities, veterinarians, or

hotels outside of the affected areas that can accept your pets.  If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.

● Pet-friendly shelters may be opened during an

This information will be available at shelter information points.

● Create a disaster readiness kit for you pet

including food, water, first aid supplies, feeding dishes, leashes, carrier, blanket, etc..

● Make sure all family members are aware of

these preparations.

   


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