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Severe Weather Awareness Week

February 15th, 2018

Severe Weather Awareness Week

 

             Governor Kay Ivey, along with the National Weather Service and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, has declared the week of February 18th – 23rdSevere Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. 

 

NOW IS THE TIME TO ENSURE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER IN ETOWAH COUNTY!

 

Follow GECEMA and #SeverePrep on Facebook and Twitter for preparedness tips throughout the week.  Daily topics will include:

 

·         Monday, Feb 19 - Severe Thunderstorms

                *Seek Shelter Immediately *Stay Away from Windows *If driving, pull over in a safe spot

               

·         Tuesday, Feb 20 - Flooding & Flash Flooding

*Turn Around Don’t Drown *Never Drive or Walk Across Moving Water *Prepare to Move to Higher Ground

 

·         Wednesday, Feb 21 – Tornadoes (Special 9:00 a.m. NOAA Radio Tornado Safety Drill)

                *Move to the lowest, most interior area of a building *Cover your head *Have a Plan

 

·         Thursday, Feb 22 – Lightning

                *Go indoors *Do not use electrical appliances * Stay off of waterways

 

·         Friday, Feb 23 - Receiving Weather Alerts

*Have a battery operated NOAA Weather Radio *Sign up for local weather alerts on your cell device *Know your local Emergency Alert System, Television or Radio Station

 

 

ATTENTION: A special NOAA All-Hazards Radio test will be run at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21st. You are encouraged to conduct your own Tornado Safety Drill at this time. However, AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING WILL NOT SOUND.

 

 

Visit http://www.weather.gov/bmx/outreach_feb2018#Topics to view Severe Weather Awareness Slides provided by the National Weather Service in Birmingham

 

 

REMEMBER…“There are many aspects to being prepared for severe weather, but first and foremost, KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!”

 

 

Take this time to become familiar with local geography, including your surrounding counties and communities.

 

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Click the link below for the interactive map provided by the National Weather Service in Birmingham

http://noaa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=5ff8be2cced94580add74f6fa717a655

 

 

 

Your safety is up to YOU. Prepare NOW for severe weather in 2018!

 

IMPORTANT WEBSITES: 

http://ema.alabama.gov/

http://www.ready.gov

http://weather.gov/bmx/

http://redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies

 

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Visit http://alabamaretail.org/resources/salestaxholidays/severe-weather-preparedness/ for a full list of tax free items and a list of participating cities.

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