Posted: Mar 21, 2012 9:38 AM by Cecilia Stevenson
American Red Cross volunteers are receiving information and responding to damage reports. As bad weather threatens most of south Louisiana, here are several safety checklists to help our neighbors:
Thunderstorms: Including postponing outdoor activities, staying in substantial buildings and away from windows, and avoiding electrical equipment.
Tornados: Including sheltering in a small, inner room with no windows and, after wind-related damage, avoiding fallen power lines and staying out of damaged buildings.
Floods: Including avoiding standing water (six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet and less than two feet of water can sweep away a vehicle.
Power outages: Including keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible, unplugging unnecessary electrical equipment and, when using a generator, connecting equipment you want powered to directly to the generator.