Did you know that Alabama has Two Severe Weather Seasons?

 

Primary severe weather season across the United States is considered to be in the spring (March-May), but did you know that Alabama also has a secondary severe weather season in the fall? Yes, it’s true! Fall severe weather season in Alabama typically runs from the beginning of November until mid-December. Occasionally, it may begin in late October or last until late December. Just like in the spring, the severity of the fall season varies from year to year. However, the important thing to remember is that severe weather, including tornadoes, doesn’t just happen in the spring. The information below will hopefully give you a better idea of just how common it can be across the state of Alabama during the fall months.

For more information on Fall Severe Weather Season

Fall 2017 National Weather Service – SKYWARN® Classes & Information!

**ATTENTION: All Online Classes Now Conducted Using Join.Me**

Online SKYWARN Spotter Classes

The National Weather Service is offering several ONLINE Basic Spotter Courses and a single Advanced Spotter Course this fall. These online classes allow individuals to complete the course(s) in the comfort of their own home or office with the use of join.me, a user-friendly web-based program. By attending any course, which runs about 1.5 – 2 hours, individuals (or a group of individuals) will become SKYWARN Spotters. To see when these classes will be held, scroll down or click here. We typically host a LIVE Basic Storm Spotter Class in Elmore County in the February/March time frame of the year. To find information about when we will host this Basic Storm Spotter class, please contact at (334) 567-6451.

To attend any online course:

 Visit Join.me  

  1.  Select the green button located on the right of the webpage labeled ‘Join Meeting.’
  2.  You will then be prompted to enter a nine-digit code. The code corresponds to the time and date of the course you wish to attendScroll down to the class schedule or click here to retrieve your code.

Fall Online Courses:

There are a total of 5 Basic SKYWARN Courses: 2 afternoon sessions and 3 evening sessions + 1 Advanced SKYWARN evening session. Unless you’d like to or are in need of a refresher, you do not need to attend more than one Basic SKYWARN Course, as the material covered is the same; however, the NWS requires you to attend at least one Basic SKYWARN Course before taking the Advanced SKYWARN Course.

The only setup requirements will be speakers to listen and, if you want to ask questions, a microphone. If you’d like to attend using your tablet, a Join.me app is available for download in the Google and Apple app store. These courses are TWO-WAY, meaning you will be able to interact with the meteorologist leading the training. You will be muted while training is in-progress, and unmuted when applicable (e.g., for questions).

Though not a requirement, as a warm up to the spotter classes, NWS Birmingham would like those who plan on attending the online classes, or even our locally scheduled classes, to view the following FREE online training modules:

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The “Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter” module is used to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple scenarios covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and storm report criteria), safety considerations for all hazards, and an overview of the national program and its history. The “SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics” module will guide users to a basic understanding of convective storms. Through three different scenarios, you will cover reporting and proper communication of local storm reports to the National Weather Service (NWS), personal safety during these events, and field identification of convective storm hazards. After completing the scenarios, you will be given the opportunity to practice identifying storm features from a spectrum of photos.

Graduate Storm Spotter Class (GSC)

The Graduate Spotter Class (GSC) will be held twice a year after the completion of the Basic Spotter Classes each spring and fall.  The GSC will be completed over the Internet via join.me. Follow along as one of the NWS Meteorologists delves deep into the world of Meteorology. 

Central Alabama SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule for Fall 2017.  

Date/Time

Class / County

Location
Session Code
Enter Code at www.join.me.
Please Read Instructions Above.
Wednesday, Sept 27 @ 6:30PM
Forecaster Satterwhite
Basic Online 504-683-535
Wednesday, Oct 04 @ 1PM
Forecaster Holmes
Basic Online 337-446-995
Tuesday, Oct 17 @ 1PM
Forecaster Davis
Basic Online 710-382-215
Thursday, Oct 19 @ 6:30PM
Forecaster Davis
Basic Online 696-520-589
Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 6:30PM
Forecaster Satterwhite
Advanced Online 495-345-822
TBD means To Be Determined
Classes are ~2.0 hours long unless otherwise indicated
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All times are Central unless otherwise noted

SKYWARN Facts

SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters.  Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, and amateur radio operators.  SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS.

In addition to serving as a community’s first line of defense against dangerous storms, spotters provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions.  SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform its primary mission, to save lives and property.

Registration will be conducted prior to the beginning of each class.  Spotter classes are not usually held during the summer months.  Additional spotter classes may not be shown in the table above when scheduled for specific groups such as law enforcement training classes.

Spotter Information

*In Adobe PDF format, a free download.

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Important travel information from ALDOT for those traveling to Florida and Georgia after Hurricane Irma…..

The following Press Release is from ALDOT it contains great messaging information to help our FL friends return home when it’s safe to do so.

 

Posted at 8:25 a.m. on 9-12-2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 11, 2017

HURRICANE IRMA

Important Information from the Alabama Department of Transportation

MONTGOMERY – As the remnants of Hurricane Irma move through Alabama with tropical storm strength, the Alabama Department of Transportation is ramping up efforts with state and local law enforcement to conduct the state’s largest ever movement of evacuee traffic returning to Florida and Georgia.

Up to 500,000 vehicles carrying evacuees are expected to return to Florida and Georgia through some part of Alabama, either from sheltering in north or central Alabama or even further north, or as far west as Mississippi.

State officials are preaching safety and patience as hundreds of thousands of evacuees have begun moving south and east in a process that will take several days because of heavy traffic volumes and because workers are still working to clear some areas for safe re-entry.

ALDOT officials urge travelers to spread traffic loads across all available southbound and eastbound routes rather than overloading major routes such as U.S. 231, Interstate 65 and Interstate 10.

ALDOT is implementing proactive steps to maintain maximum efficiency along major southbound and eastbound roadways. Along U.S. 231 from Troy to Dothan, ALDOT will be working with local officials to adjust traffic signals to give as much priority time as possible to southbound evacuee and relief convoy traffic. In Mobile, officials are prepared to divert eastbound Interstate 10 truck traffic around the Wallace Tunnel in an effort to reduce congestion.

Despite efforts to minimize traffic back-ups, ALDOT officials advise that drivers should expect congestion as state, U.S. and interstate highways into Florida and Georgia will be used by residents returning home and convoys of personnel and resources to aid in hurricane recovery.

Over the next few days, ALDOT personnel will be working to clear debris from state, U.S. and interstate highways and to repair damage to roadway infrastructure.

ALDOT’s priority is to safely deploy crews to assess damage, clear debris and make repairs that may be necessary to roads, bridges, signs and traffic signals. ALDOT is maintaining a presence at the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate transportation-related response with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other state and local response agencies.

After responding to roadway and bridge priorities caused by Irma, ALDOT is preparing to mobilize personnel, trucks and resources to assist the Florida Department of Transportation with emergency recovery needs. Those response missions will be coordinated between the two states.

ALDOT is emphasizing the following key messages in the wake of Irma:

  • Local traffic should be prepared for delays and congestion on major southbound and eastbound roadways, and should allow extra travel time for their routine commuting;
  • Expect congestion and heavy traffic volumes from relief convoys heading to areas affected by Irma and from evacuees returning home;
  • Evacuees are urged to wait for weather and roadway conditions to improve before returning home, and should confirm that Florida officials have cleared their local areas for safe re-entry;
  • Florida officials are recommending the use of FL511.com and fhmsmv.gov, along with @FLHSMV and @MyFDOT on Twitter, to help evacuees plan their return travel;
  • ALDOT crews will work to clear debris from state, U.S. and interstate highways to restore traffic flow for emergency relief-related and routine travel;
  • ALDOT crews will work to repair damage to roadways, bridges, signs and traffic signals as quickly as possible; and
  • Crews will be working at all hours, so please be patient with recovery efforts and be watchful for first responders, highway repair crews, and utility workers on roadways and rights-of-way.

Motorists can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app.

ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.

 

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President Trump Approves Governor Ivey’s Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

 

 

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR KAY IVEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
CONTACT:
DANIEL SPARKMAN – (334) 242-7150 | Daniel.Sparkman@governor.alabama.gov

President Trump Approves Governor Ivey’s Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

 

MONTGOMERY – President Donald J. Trump on Monday approved Governor Kay Ivey’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Alabama. The President declared that an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal assistance to supplement existing response efforts due to emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 8, 2017, and continuing.

Governor Ivey, during a phone call with the President Sunday, requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to assist the State of Alabama in Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

“In a phone call on Sunday, President Donald Trump promised me that he ‘had Alabama’s back’ and in approving our request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the President has proven to be a man of his word,” Governor Ivey said. “He and his team are doing a tremendous job managing this disaster in several states, and I am thankful for their hard work on behalf of Alabama, and their willingness to quickly approve our request.”

The Emergency Declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. The Federal assistance will help alleviate the tremendous task of local relief efforts. It will also provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property, and ensure public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in 67 counties and the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe in the State of Alabama.

FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Warren J. Riley as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

 

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Elmore County Safer Places scheduled to open on Monday

Check-out what is trending with the Safer Places locations that will be opening on Monday for Elmore County Citizens due to Hurricane Irma. Go to the Elmore County Website: www.elmorecoema.com Safer Places Map tab on the right side of the home page or Google: Elmore County Safer Places

They will be GREEN when open

  Safer Place Address City Alabama Zip Code
1 Deatsville Fire Department 6930 AL Hwy 143 Deatsville Alabama 36022
2 Old County Courthouse 100 East Commerce Street Wetumpka Alabama 36092
3 Redland Baptist Church 1266 Dozier Road Wetumpka Alabama 36093
4 Town of Eclectic – First Baptist  203 Claud Road Eclectic Alabama 36024
5 Town of Eclectic Courtroom 145 Main Street Eclectic Alabama 36024
6 City of Tallassee – City Hall 3 Freeman Avenue Tallassee Alabama 36078
7 City of Tallassee – Police Dept. 214 Barnett Blvd Tallassee Alabama 36078
8 Town of Elmore – FD Station 2 363 Baltzer Road Elmore Alabama 36025
9 Town of Elmore – Penny Parkway 212 Penny Parkway Elmore Alabama 36025
10 Town of Elmore – Hwy 143 1245 Highway 143 Elmore Alabama 36025
11 Millbrook Baptist Church 3431 Brown’s Road Millbrook Alabama 36054
12 Coosada Town Hall 5800 Coosada Road Coosada Alabama 36020
13 St. James Family Worship 1005 Nobles Road Wetumpka Alabama 36092
14 Shoal Creek Baptist Church 13214 Holtville Road Deatsville Alabama 36022

 

 

Hotel and Shelter Information for Hurricane Irma Evacuees

As of 8:30, 9/9/2017

The Alabama Tourism Agency is tracking hotel availability. Evacuees can call 800-ALA-BAMA (800-252-2262) for the latest information or they can chat live with a Tourism Representative at www.alabama.travel.  

For Evacuee Shelter Locations Statewide Call: 211

This is a link to the latest information we have received from the American Red Cross, local officials and others regarding shelters that are available. https://ema.alabama.gov/2017/09/08/2212/

State Park information: For overnight availability at Alabama State Parks http://www.alapark.com/Map-of-Parks

Sheltering of livestock animals: The State Department of Agriculture has opened Garrett Coliseum for an animal shelter for animals that were being moved out of the storm path.

FEMA Advisory on How to Help Disaster Survivors in Texas…..

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Intergovernmental Affairs Division

Telephone 202-646-3444

Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

 

 HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS

August 29, 2017

The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Tropical Storm Harvey disaster survivors.

TO DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS

The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.

Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.

In addition to the national members, The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors.  Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

TO PERSONALLY VOLUNTEER IN THE DISASTER AREAS

The State of Texas is asking volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.

The National VOAD has also noted the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.

To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.

At this time, potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground.

The National and Texas VOAD websites are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.

Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.

Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery lasts much longer than today. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.

Tropical Storm Harvey is still dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the situation changes, needs may also change in these areas. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels to learn more.

 

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