During and immediately after the April 27th tornado outbreak, many survivors found communicating with loved ones a struggle. Family and friends of some students at the University of Alabama were not able to get in touch with them through traditional means. To help with communications during and after disaster, Facebook has announced a new featured called a “Safety Check” which will allow users to let their loved ones know via social media that they are okay after a natural disaster. Facebooks says that after a natural disaster, if this feature is activated the user will receive a notification asking if they are safe. The users location will be determined by looking at the city the user has on their profile, the last location you posted from and where you are using the Internet.
Alabama is no stranger to fall severe weather events. Take time this week to prepare for potential severe weather during October, November and December. Weather events from this week are a reminder that we can see strong storms and tornadoes this time of year.
Excluding the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak, 94% of Alabama’s tornado related deaths (2001 - 2013) have occurred in November and December.
VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FALL SEVERE WEATHER IN ALABAMA.
Severe weather is likely across north and central Alabama Monday evening into early Tuesday. Threats include damaging straight line winds and isolated tornadoes.
Here are a few ways to prepare for this evening’s possible severe weather:
The state is participating in the Great Central U.S. Shake Out, are you? The best way to protect yourself is to be prepared. The October 16th earthquake drill will help you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others know what to do if there is an earthquake. You can sign up to participate here.
Parts of North Alabama could experience severe weather Monday with the possibility of tornadoes. The most extreme threat will in the afternoon and evening hours. Take the time now to prepare yourself and your family. Is your emergency kit stocked? Do you have helmets and tennis shoes for every member of your family? Here is a link with instructions on how to build your own “Ready Kit.”
BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO READY ALABAMA DAY!! Join Serve Alabama and first responders from across the state as we talk preparedness. Also, bring your weather radio and meteorologists from WSFA, WAKA, and the National Weather Service will program your radio for your county.
Take time this month to build or re-stock an emergency kit for your family and business, review your communications plan, and remember to prepare for special needs.
Prepare your family and business for tropical weather this Hurricane Season. The heart of hurricane season occurs from late August through October.
The National Weather Service Office in Mobile has produced a helpful tropical weather awareness guide. As the heart of the tropical weather season continues into October, now is the time to prepare your home/business emergency kit and remember other tropical safety precautions.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE 2014 HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE
TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATES FROM NWS MOBILE