The National Climatic Data Center Releases Top Weather Disasters by Economic Impact.
Three of the top 5 billion dollar weather-related disasters, ranked by number of deaths, had significant impacts on the state of Alabama.
1. Heat Wave of 1980
3. Hurricane Katrina
5. April 27-28, 2011 Tornado Outbreak
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.
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.
For more information on the Resolve to Be Ready #Prepared2014 campaign please visit www.ready.gov/prepared2014.
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.
(above photo from James Simms, submitted to NWS Birmingham, Jan 17, 2013 Tuscaloosa Snow Event)
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.
Serve Alabama staff members Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2013 Great ShakeOut earthquake drill that took place today at 10:17 am.