Wireless Devices And Tips For Severe Weather Preparedness
This weekend marks the third annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in Alabama. While there are many obvious items that come to mind when thinking about creating your severe weather preparedness kit, there is one item that you might not think about - cell phone chargers.
How many times have you been bout running errands and picked up your smartphone only to realize it has no battery. Or maybe you were one of the ones whose battery died during the snowstorm on February 4. Not only does your smartphone connect you to family and friends, it also helps you get important information during times of severe weather. Thanks to apps like Facebook, Twitter and iMap Weather Radio, we are able to follow the latest weather developments as they happen.
Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama - Preparedness Is Key
Check out this NWS graphic showing Tornado Warnings by Weather Service Office since 2005. #2 on the list - The National Weather Service office in Birmingham. Time Now to Prep for Spring Severe Weather Season in Alabama.
Think Past the Milk and Bread...Important Winter Weather Prep Tips for Home and Car
The key in prepping for winter weather events is to keep preparedness items handy for multiple locations and situations. Prep for needs when in the car, at home and at the office. In addition to blankets, non-perishable food and water, remember prescriptions and any special needs items in case you are without power or experiencing travel issues.
Sales Tax Holiday for Severe Weather Prep Items Feb 21 - 23, 2014
Alabama will hold its third annual sales tax holiday, beginning Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12 midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.
Be Prepared for Extreme Cold/Winter Weather - What To Keep In Your Car
With winter weather potential for Central and South Alabama, if you must travel, there are several things you need to keep with you on the road. It pays to be prepared, so keep a kit in your trunk with all he things your are likely to need.
Winter Weather Watch/Warning Definitions from the Birmingham National Weather Service
When winter weather threatens, your National Weather Service in Birmingham issues watches, warnings, and advisory products to warn you of the impending hazard. Winter weather is often the most difficult weather for central Alabama, both because it causes travel problems, and because it is difficult to forecast.
Winter Storm Outlook (HWO)
A “Winter Storm Outlook” may be issued when there is a 30% or greater chanceof a major winter storm, but the occurrence is expected to be within 3-7 days. It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event. This statement will be part of the Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO).
Winter Weather Watch (WSW)
A “Winter Storm Watch” will be issued when conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather conditions to develop. Unlike a Tornado Watch or a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Winter Storm Watches are issued by the local office.
There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
The application period for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council is now open!
FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council.
Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form and two (2) letters of recommendation. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014.
Found here are the weather/climate events that have had the greatest economic impact from 1980 to 2013. The U.S. has sustained 151 weather/climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2013). The total cost of these 151 events exceeds $1 trillion.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR FAMILY AND BUSINESS. PREPAREDNESS IS THE KEY TO KEEPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE DURING AND AFTER EMERGENCY EVENTS.
Ready Alabama has extended the Be Ready Camp deadline to January 31, 2014. More information on Be Ready Camp can be found here. Also the Be Ready Camp brochure has been revised to reflect the new deadline. To download the revised brochure please click here.
Coldest Winter Weather in Decades to Invade Alabama Jan 5 - 8, 2014
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency encourages residents to be prepared for dangerous winter weather. The National Weather Service is predicting below freezing temperatures beginning late Sunday night - Wednesday for much of Alabama.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency will be monitoring the weather and will stay in close communication with the National Weather Service offices across the state.
For more information on this official press release please click here.
This year’s Resolve to be Ready campaign focuses on “Family Connection” to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet and what to pack.
The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on www.ready.gov/kids, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists and guidelines how to make preparedness a year-round family activity.
Severe Weather Potential for Alabama this Weekend (12/21-22)
Remember, severe storms can occur in December in Alabama. Please monitor the weather this weekend (NOAA Weather Radio, Local TV, Radio and Web). And always check your home emergency preparedness kits BEFORE any significant weather threats.
Injuries and deaths due to winter weather can be prevented through proper winter safety measures. As the holiday season and upcoming winter months approach, now is an excellent time to educate your family and friends about winter weather safety rules. There is no better gift than improving the awareness of safety measures that could save a life. Everyone is urged to make this a safe and happy holiday and winter season by using proper winter safety precautions.
November 17 - 22 is Winter Weather Awareness Week in Alabama
The National Weather Service and The Alabama Emergency Management Agency have proclaimed the week fromSunday, November 17th - Friday, November 22nd 2013, as Winter Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. Winter Weather Awareness Week highlights the need for being prepared for the potential dangers of a severe winter weather episode.
To commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, local and state leaders gathered at Auburn University Wednesday in honor of Ready Alabama Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Get Prepared: Emergency Communications Tips from Verizon Wireless and Ready Alabama
READY ALABAMA AND VERIZON WIRELESS PARTNER TO PROMOTE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TIPS
Disaster can strike at any time and in any community. During National Preparedness Month, ReadyAlabama encourages all Alabamians to take the time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters.
Wireless technology can serve as a critical communications tool in times of emergency. Many people affected by the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated parts of Alabama relied on wireless service to get in touch with family members, emergency personnel and other important contacts in those minutes, hours and days following the storms. Mobile devices also provided people without power the connectivity to get information about relief efforts as well as monitor weather developments.
Ready Alabama Day 2013 is September 11th on the campus of Auburn University!
September has been designated National Preparedness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As part of its efforts, the State of Alabama will hold its ninth annual Ready Alabama Day September 11, 2013 in Lee County at Auburn University.
Come join us in the shadows of Jordan-Hare Stadium! Local, state and federal first responders will be on hand, showing off their disaster response tools. There will be a kids area full of activities. Activities begin at 9am on the Auburn University Campus. Admission is free!
School groups interested in attending, please contact Brooke Mills with Serve Alabama at 33-954-7456 or email email@example.com
NOAA’s National Weather Service has discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths.
Prepare your home, office and family for Excessive Heat: Safety Tips and Terms
It’s never too late to prepare for excessive heat in Alabama. There are several things you can do to help your family deal with rising temperatures. Also, it’s helpful to know the heat-related hazard terms used by the National Weather Service and local meteorologists. Here are a few helpful tips and terms:
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.
Summertime heat in Alabama is often a less recognized danger to many. Across the US, there are on average more heat related deaths each year than other weather hazards, including tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and lightning. The following safety tips during excessive heat can help prevent illness, and possibly death.
What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
Volunteers are very beneficial to the response and recovery efforts after a disaster and are most effective when affiliating with a non-profit organization. Do not self-deploy to the affected areas. Contact your local non-profit organization to find out how you can become trained to respond in the most effective way.
With Spring and Summer Thunderstorms in Alabama, Flash Flooding with heavy thunderstorms is possible. Please use the following tips when driving in heavy rain/flooding situations:
Pay attention to barricades. Don’t ignore them by driving past them.
Do not drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.
April 15, 2011 Tornado Outbreak A Reminder of the Spring Severe Weather Threat in Alabama
April 15, 2011 was one of the largest tornado outbreaks in Central Alabama history. Overshadowed by the historic devastation of April 27, 2011, the April 15 outbreak helped make April 2011 the most active month for tornadoes in Alabama on record. Please remember to build/check your Emergency Kit for your home or business!
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013 - SEVERE WEATHER WITH TORNADOES POSSIBLE ACROSS ALABAMA. It is extremely important to have a reliable source for weather warning information. A NOAA Weather Radio is the best way to receive watch and warning information. Please stay tuned to your local radio, television and web sources for the latest local watches and warnings. DO NOT RELY ON OUTDOOR SIRENS FOR YOUR PRIMARY WEATHER WARNING SOURCE.
Bo Bikes Bama 2013! Tornado Relief for Unmet Needs of April 2011 Tornado Survivors - Proceeds go to Governor's Emergency Relief Fund
BO BIKES BAMA, CORDOVA, ALABAMA - APRIL 27, 2013
Starting in Cordova, Alabama, Bo Bikes Bama offers a 20 or 60 mile route through tornado ravished Walker County - one of the most devastated counties in the nation during the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak that claimed 324 lives across six states.
On the second anniversary of the deadly April 27, 2011 tornadoes, two-sport legend Bo Jackson will lead a one-day charity bike ride through Cordova, Alabama to continue his mission to raise $1 million for tornado recovery. Participants will have the option to join Bo for a 20-mile or 60-mile route through the town.
The 2013 Alabama All Hazards Awareness Guide Now Available Online
Governor Robert Bentley, the Alabama EMA and the National Weather Service has released the 2013 Alabama All Hazards Awareness Guide. It’s available in PDF form online now. ALABAMA ALL HAZARDS AWARENESS GUIDE LINK
READYALABAMA TEAMS UP WITH VERIZON WIRELESS TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
Birmingham, AL – Alabama will hold its second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Feb. 22-24, during which time residents can purchase items recommended by ReadyAlabama for an emergency preparedness kit. Building on its collaboration with ReadyAlabama in 2012, Verizon Wireless has activities planned throughout the weekend to educate consumers about emergency preparedness.
Alabama Sales Tax Holiday - Severe Weather Preparedness Items
Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2012 is Alabama’s second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. This sales tax holiday serves as a way to encourage Alabama residents to build and stock up on items for their family disaster preparedness kit. The following items are eligible:
Please take time today to check your emergency kit, or make sure you stock your kit with needed supplies. Stay alert and monitor the weather via NOAA Weather Radio and local television, radio and web media outlets.
Winter Weather Safety Tips (from the National Weather Service Birmingham)
Keep ahead of a winter weather by listening to the latest weather warnings and bulletins on NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television. Be alert to changing conditions and avoid unnecessary travel. Also, make sure you check and stock your home/business emergency kit.
How you can help - Alabama Christmas Day Tornadoes
Christmas Day Tornadoes in Alabama
For those interested in volunteering after the Christmas Day tornadoes, please review the most effective ways to help those in need:
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way. You may also sign up at www.handsonsal.org.
Be safe: Do not self-deploy. Register and wait until you have been notified of a specific volunteer need. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
Follow these tips when thinking about ways to effectively volunteer or donate to the Hurricane Sandy response efforts.
· Volunteers are very beneficial to the response and recovery efforts after a disaster and are most effective when affiliating with a non-profit organization. Do not self-deploy to the affected areas. To register your interest, visit HandsOn Network. To find volunteer opportunities, visit Points of Light Disaster Volunteer Opportunities.