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East Baton Rouge Potential Hazards
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Critical Info to Parish Residents
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Blue Bullet Disaster Supply Kit
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Tornados / Severe Weather

Tornados and severe weather can impact East Baton Rouge Parish at any momentís notice. They are most prominent during the spring and can cause major damage that affects both the public and private sectors of the City-Parish. Below are some helpful tips and information to aid you and your family during a tornado or severe weather incident.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN YOUR HOME DURING A TORNADO
  • Go to the lowest level of the home, an inner hallway, or smaller inner room without windows, such as a closet or bathroom.
  • Get away from windows and go to the center of the room and avoid corners, because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a workbench or heavy table.
If you are in a mobile home:
  • Evacuate the mobile home, even if it is equipped with tie-downs. Take shelter in a building with a strong foundation.
  • As a last resort option, find a low lying area or ditch/culvert to take shelter in.
If your are at work or school:
  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level of the building.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs, such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
If Outdoors:
  • If possible, get inside a sturdy building with a concrete foundation.
  • If shelter is not available, or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
  • Be aware of the potential for flooding.
If you are in a vehicle:
  • Never try to out run a tornado in your vehicle. Tornados can change direction very quickly and can lift a vehicle and toss it in the air.
  • Get out of the vehicle and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.
TO PREPARE FOR EXTREME HEAT, YOU SHOULD:
  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.  
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.
  • Keep storm windows up all year.