National Hurricane Preparedness Week is Coming

With less than one month until the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1, now is the time to prepare.  To kick-start the preparedness effort, the National Hurricane Center, FEMA and other organizations, have come together to promote the National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31.

Each day of National Hurricane Preparedness Week there is a different educational theme:

If you’re using social media during National Hurricane Preparedness Week to share tips and activities, please use #HurricanePrep!  You can also follow @Citizen_Corps and @PrepareAthon for more hurricane information during this week.

FEMA urges Americans to take the time now to prepare their families and businesses for hurricanes and tropical storms before a disaster strikes.  Get started preparing now by learning the hurricane risks in your area and downloading the How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide.

May 12-16th is National Small Business Week

May 12-16th is National Small Business Week.  Does your business have an emergency plan?  We have 5 simple steps that will walk your business through an emergency plan.  The steps include:

  • Program Management
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Testing and Exercises
  • Program Improvement

For more tips and information visit:  http://go.usa.gov/8xdH

Photo: May 12-16th is National Small Business Week.  Does your business have an emergency plan?
We have 5 simple steps that will walk your business through an emergency plan.  The steps include:
-Program management
-Planning 
-Implementation
-Testing and exercises
-Program improvement

For more tips and information visit: http://go.usa.gov/8xdH
#SBW2014

GOVERNOR’S EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND - SUPPORT ALABAMA DISASTER RESPONSE & COMMUNITY STORM SHELTERS

In the wake of the April 28th/29th severe weather event in Alabama people who would like to support disaster response and community storm shelters in our state have an opportunity to give to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.

The Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) is an unmet needs fund available to disaster survivors in Alabama. The fund also provides money for community storm shelters across our state.  The fund is administered by Serve Alabama. The fund fiscal agent is the United Ways of Alabama. A nine member Governor’s Fund committee reviews unmet need requests presented by Long Term Recovery Committees from across the state and votes on funding to help individuals and communities recover.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE AT UNITEDWAYSOFALABAMA.ORG

Please mail donations to:
Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund
PO Box 1523
Montgomery, AL 36102

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AFTER APRIL 28TH/29TH STORMS

United Way of Athens - Limestone County is currently taking volunteer registrations online and at their office.  Volunteers can register using the following website http://www.unitedwayathenslimestone.com/home.html  by phone, 256-233-2323 or the Athens/Limestone United Way office, 419 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611.

HandsOn Birmingham is in need of skilled and lay volunteers to help communities of Greater Birmingham recently impacted by the April 29, 2014 storms.  Skilled Volunteers are needed to help with debris removal and Lay volunteers are needed to work in distribution centers.

To Register as a Skilled volunteer click here

To Register as a Lay volunteer click here

For additional information, please contact HandsOn Birmingham at 251-5849.

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For Information on Volunteer Opportunities or if you need recovery help from the storms in Alabama, please call 2-1-1 from inside Alabama, or dial 1-888-421-1266.

SEVERE WEATHER - How to stay informed.

There are many ways to stay informed about potential emergency events in your area.  For weather related emergencies, the National Weather Service NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts relay vital watch and warning information for your specific county or community.  Your area may have tornado sirens.  Please remember that tornado sirens are only designed to warn people outdoors, not indoors. Do not rely on tornado sirens for your tornado emergency plan for your home or business.

Stay tuned to local television and radio stations that provide severe weather coverage. Monitor reliable internet and social media sites for additional information.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES SERVING ALABAMA

National Weather Service Birmingham

National Weather Service Huntsville

National Weather Service Mobile

National Weather Service Tallahassee FL (Includes Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Houston and Henry Counties in Alabama)

CHECK YOUR SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY KIT - Item Checklist

DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help

Severe Weather Threat Today (04/28/14) in Alabama. Please Prepare Now.

Now’s the time to check your emergency kit, prepare for possible power outages due to severe storms, and review your tornado safety rules at home/school/work. There is a Moderate Risk of severe storms, including possible strong tornadoes, in Alabama this afternoon and evening.

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM

Severe Weather Update - Sunday Morning: Threats for Mon-Wed Storms

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM

Prepare Now for Potential Severe Weather Early Next Week.

Here’s the latest on the severe weather threat early next week…

First and foremost, our thinking hasn’t really changed from this morning. We have made no adjustments to the timing, threats, and threat areas at this time. The same uncertainties regarding the overall evolution of the system that existed this morning are still in place, unfortunately. Therefore, refinements to the timing and impacts will be made over the next couple of days as our confidence increases.

One thing we can say is that things appear to be shaping up for a potential high-end severe event(s) across Central Alabama. We’re not saying this to scare anyone, we simply want to make sure each and every one of you are prepared in advance.