Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System ~ October 3, 2018 at 1:18 P.M. CST

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System to Take Place on October 3, 2018 at 1:18 P.M. CST

 

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 at 1:18 p.m. CST due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.  The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency.

For more information about this test visit the FEMA website here

National Preparedness Month ~Week 3~ Are you protected?

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.  Are you protected?  #PrepareNow

The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind our citizens that September is National Preparedness Month.  The website Ready.gov has vital information on how we can prepare our families, homes, schools, and places of work for times of emergency.  It offers tips on making an emergency plan, ways to educate our children on safety, and reminders to check our home safety devices (NOAA Weather Radios, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors).

This week we would like for citizens to “Check Your Coverage”.  Visit floodsmart.gov to learn more about the importance of flood insurance.

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System ~ September 20, 2018 at 1:18 P.M. CST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed Sept. 20 at 1:18 P.M. CST as the date and time for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. After conducting a first-ever national EAS test in 2011, the 2018 test would be a fourth dry run of an infrastructure designed to allow a President to speak to the country in case of a national emergency.

FEMA is proposing a simultaneous first-ever national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert or WEA. It would involve sending an 87-character test message to be displayed on mobile handsets. “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the text message would read.

Since wireless emergency alert capabilities launched in 2012, there have been numerous tests of the system targeting specific geographical locations. But this would be the first time a WEA alert is distributed across the entire country and to overseas U.S. territories. A backup date for both tests would be Oct. 3.

In a letter disclosing the plan to the Federal Communications Commission, Alfred Kenyon, chief of the customer support branch in FEMA’s IPAWS Program Office, wrote, “This test is necessary because it will determine if carrier WEA configuration, systems and networks can and will process a Presidential WEA delivering the message via all WEA-enabled cell sites with minimal latency. Public safety officials need to be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster, they have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public when needed.”

Kenyon continued, “Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine what technological improvements need to be made.”

According to federal officials, since the WEA system launched six years ago it has been used more than 33,000 times to warn the public on their cell phones about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations.

You can follow the link below to FEMA’s website for additional information regarding the test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

 

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/07/23/nationwide-test-emergency-alert-system-be-conducted-september-20-2018

National Preparedness Month ~Week 2~ Do You Have an Emergency Plan in Place?

Do You Have an Emergency Plan in Place? #PrepareNow

The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind our citizens that September is National Preparedness Month.  The website Ready.gov has vital information on how we can prepare our families, homes, schools, and places of work for times of emergency.  It offers tips on making an emergency plan, ways to educate our children on safety, and reminders to check our home safety devices (NOAA Weather Radios, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors).

This week we would like for citizens to “Learn Life Saving Skills”. For more information about this week’s goal, watch this video and click here to learn more about building an emergency kit.

Governor Ivey Issues State of Emergency in Preparation for Tropical Storm Gordon

Posted by Gregory Robinson – Alabama Emergency Management Agency:

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018, for several Alabama counties in preparation for Tropical Storm Gordon. The counties included are as follows: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington.

According to the National Weather Service, Gordon will become a hurricane later today, and this storm system is expected to bring increased rain activity and storm surge, with the threat of flooding and isolated tornadoes, the risk of which is expected to dramatically increase over the next 12 to 36 hours.

“All coastal Alabama residents need to prepare now ahead of tonight’s potential landfall near Alabama. I have directed essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days,” Governor Ivey said. “As with any tropical weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather conditions for their area. This State of Emergency will ensure that all available state resources are ready when they are needed.”

At the direction of Governor Ivey, the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has activated in preparation for Gordon and the Alabama National Guard (ALNG) has activated teams to support Division A, in the coastal portion of the state. The ALNG soldiers will also provide support in the command and control center.

“Gordon is a tight, fast moving tropical storm. Alabama is postured for a coastal wind and water event, but the key will be the preparation of our citizens,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian E. Hastings said. “If you live in the coastal counties, especially in surge and flood prone areas, it is imperative that you get to a safe place by early afternoon and stay there through Wednesday morning. With tropical storm force winds forecasted, we expect power outages concentrated in the coastal counties; so, make sure you have a 72-hour emergency kit ready.”

Regardless of the final track and intensity of Gordon, we know it will produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in several counties, and the time to prepare is now. Residents and tourists are strongly encouraged to closely monitor this forecast.

By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by Tropical Storm Gordon.

For real-time road conditions, the Alabama Department of Transportation is encouraging people to visit https://algotraffic.com/.

State of Alabama  PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR:  https://governor.alabama.gov/state-of-emergency/state-of-emergency-tropical-storm-gordon/

National Preparedness Month is Now Underway

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The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind our citizens that September is National Preparedness Month.  The website Ready.gov has vital information on how we can prepare our families, homes, schools, and places of work for times of emergency.  It offers tips on making an emergency plan, ways to educate our children on safety, and reminders to check our home safety devices (NOAA Weather Radios, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors).

This week we would like for citizens to understand the importance to “Make and Practice Your Plan”. For more information about this week’s goal, visit  ready.gov/plan.

 

Road Closure Notice ~ Galloway Drive ~ Redland Community

As of 9:10 A.M. Tuesday, August 14, 2018

According to the Elmore County Highway Department: Be advised that Galloway Drive in the Redland Community, is temporarily closed while road work/maintenance is performed until approximately 4:00 P.M. today.
We will update as soon as we have confirmation from the Elmore County Highway Department that the roadway is passable.