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.
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.
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.
Graphic and information courtesy NWS Huntsville.
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.
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.
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.
With extreme cold weather in the forecast for Alabama over the next several days, please take precautions at home and work to prevent home fires.
Fire is FAST!
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.