Apr 23

Potential Severe Weather Threat for Alabama Shaping Up for Monday/Tuesday of Next Week

As a surface boundary moves closer Monday night through Tuesday, all of Central Alabama will be under the threat for severe storms, with all modes of severe weather possible (large hail, damaging straight-line winds, and tornadoes). Locally heavy rainafall will also occur that may cause localized flooding. 

TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK/PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR HOME AND OFFICE. We are in the heart of severe weather season for Alabama. Know your weather safety rules. Prepare your emergency kit well in advance of any storms.

Apr 11

Stay Weather Safe With Your Smartphone with Alabama Saf-T-Net from Alabama’s Baron Services

Alabama SAF-T-Net is a highly personalized weather alert app for smartphones, free to Alabama residents. Backed by patented technology from Baron Services, one of the nation’s leading weather technology companies, Alabama SAF-T-Net’s strength is in its geo-specific notification technology. App users can customize up to four frequently traveled locations (such as home, work, or child’s school, for example) and will only receive severe weather information when such is applicable to their specified locations. The service is available to all Alabamians at no cost.

“This is a very important way that people can be warned of impending severe weather,” says Governor Robert Bentley.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO DOWNLOAD THE APP

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Apr 07

April 7, 2014 Alabama Flash Flooding: A Reminder That Safety Rules Are Important in Flash Flooding, Not Just Severe Storms and Winter Weather

@abc3340 @spann rescue taking place lakeshore garden pic.twitter.com/DGftY09tzl

— shawn gowan (@BamaGowan)
April 7, 2014

@spann McCalla Fire rescues family from McWaine Drive in McCalla. McAdory Fire Assisted. pic.twitter.com/dwuNWCfrcR

— McCallaFire (@McCallaFire)
April 7, 2014

Apr 03

The April 3rd and 4th 1974 Tornado Outbreak in Alabama

Alabama was one of several states devastated by the “Super Outbreak,” as April 3rd and 4th, 1974, has become known. This date certainly represents one of the darkest times in Alabama weather history. During the late afternoon and evening hours of April 3, 1974, at least eight tornadoes, including four extremely intense and long-lived storms, brought death and extreme storm destruction to Alabama. Eighty-six persons were killed, 949 were injured, and damages exceeded $50 million. Sixteen counties in the northern part of the state were hit the hardest.

Click here for a larger image. Damage in Limestone County

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Mar 28

BE READY CAMP MEDIA RELEASE FOR EVENT FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014

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Alabama Sixth-Graders Participate in Be Ready Camp

HUNSTVILLE – Alabama’s eighth annual Be Ready Camp began Tuesday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Over ninety sixth-graders across the state are attending a week long camp session this week, March 25-29, 2014.

This one of a kind disaster preparedness camp incorporates a modified CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) curriculum, giving kids an unmatched hands-on preparedness and response experience.  First responders from across the Tennessee Valley, along with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, are joining forces to make this such an important learning opportunity for these students. With students from 22 different Alabama counties, this year’s camp features the most geographically diverse group of young leaders.

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Mar 25

8th Annual Be Ready Camp

The 8th Annual Be Ready Camp has officially started!!!

Mar 17

It’s National Flood Awareness Week. Alabama is no stranger to severe flooding.

National Weather Service offices throughout the United States are conducting a Flood Awareness Week from March 16th through 22nd, 2014. Flooding is the Number 2 weather killer in the United States, ahead of tornadoes and severe weather, and is the costliest weather-related disaster we face. While much of the focus remains on thunderstorms and tornadoes, flooding can often be an underrated killer.

A variety of flooding and related phenomena place Central Alabama at risk throughout the year. Flooding can result from a number of weather systems including slow-moving or stationary frontal systems, inland moving tropical cyclones and intense summertime thunderstorms. These systems can produce flash flooding in low lying flood prone areas and along small creeks and streams, as well as river flooding along mainstreams.

FLOOD SAFETY INFORMATION FROM NWS BIRMINGHAM

(photo above courtesy National Weather Service Birmingham)

Mar 11

Autauga County TEEN CERT

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Autauga County EMA recently completed a TEEN CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program for students at the Prattville High School Technology Center. The training is an 8 weeks course that provides students critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.

On March 11, 2014, Autauga EMA and Prattville Fire Department conducted an exercise at Upper Kingston Park in Prattville, AL where students had the opportunity to use the skills they learned in the Teen Cert training. 

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