As of 9:45 A.M. 10/18/2017
Glendale Acres has been reopened.
As of 9:45 A.M. 10/18/2017
Glendale Acres has been reopened.
**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:
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:
|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.
Class / County
Enter Code at www.join.me.
Please Read Instructions Above.
|Wednesday, Sept 27 @ 6:30PM
Wednesday, Oct 04 @ 1PM
Tuesday, Oct 17 @ 1PM
|Thursday, Oct 19 @ 6:30PM
|Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 6:30PM
TBD means To Be Determined
Classes are ~2.0 hours long unless otherwise indicated.
All times are Central unless otherwise noted
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.
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
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:
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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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.
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|
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.
For the latest information on the tropics, click on the link and follow the tabs for: Outlooks, Active Storms,Threats and Impacts, Preparedness Information.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Intergovernmental Affairs Division
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.
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.