Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During Home Heating

2016-12-08 11:15:02 AM According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that kills more than 500 Americans every year. Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window. If it’s cold, find another location to stay that is being safely heated.

You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

  • Do have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds leave your home immediately and call 911.
  • Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
  • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
  • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.
  • Don’t heat your house with a gas oven

To learn more, call 1-800-CDC-INFO

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Wind Chills in the TEENS for Dec 9, 2016

2016-12-07 16:40:39 According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office Birmingham, “Frigid conditions are expected by Friday morning (9 Dec 2016) as wind chills could fall into the TEENS in most locations. Low temperatures will be in the 20s. Make sure to bundle up when heading outside!

Don’t forget the four P’s…People, Pets, Plants, and Pipes”

Wind Chill for 9 dec 2016

 

 

 

Statewide Burn Ban Lifted

Released by the Alabama Forestry Commission:

December 5, 2016
Drought Emergency ‘No Burn’ Lifted Statewide

Effective immediately, Governor Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have rescinded the statewide Drought Emergency ‘No Burn’ Order which has been in effect since early November. Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) say the state has received enough rainfall over the last few days to reduce the threat of dangerous wildfires.

“In recent days we have seen significant rainfall across our state and the Alabama Forestry Commission now believes the worst of the drought has ended,” Governor Bentley said. “I want to thank the Forestry Commission and the dozens of local fire departments that have worked so hard to ensure the thousands of wildfires didn’t get out of hand. These men and women have worked long hours under intense conditions to prevent as much damage as possible. We will continue to work with stake holders across the state to help everyone recover from the drought.”

According to Cole, “Although all counties in the state will return to having burn permits available, we should bear in mind that Alabama like much of the South is still experiencing extreme drought conditions this fall. The AFC will continue to monitor ground moisture levels throughout the state. If ground fuels become exceptionally dry again, it may be necessary to re-issue a Fire Alert or No Burn Order in affected areas.”

The AFC advises anyone conducting any type of outdoor burning to follow safety precautions such as not leaving a fire unattended until it is completely out, having the necessary equipment and personnel to control the fire, and having a garden hose or other water supply on hand for smaller debris burns. Any fire more than a quarter-acre in size or within 25 feet of a forested area requires a permit from the AFC. Burn permits may be obtained by calling 1-800-392-5679. Burning without a permit is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $3,000 fine.

The Alabama Forestry Commission is the state agency charged with protecting Alabama citizens and the state’s forest resources from wildfires. To learn more about the services provided by the agency, contact any AFC county office or visit the web page at www.forestry.alabama.gov.

Due to Drought – SBA Makes Disaster Loans Available for Elmore County!

Trending Now Icon 2Due to Drought – Small Business Administration (SBA) Makes Disaster Loans Available For Elmore County!

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DISASTER NEWS

Economic Injury Loans for Small Businesses

SBA Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center- East – 101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30303

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Alabama as a result of the drought that began on Oct. 18, 2016.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than June 26, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

2016-2017 Winter Weather Outlook for the United States

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October 20, 2016Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook today, saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the southern U.S and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S. If La Nina conditions materialize, forecasters say it should be weak and potentially short-lived.

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TODAY! Is Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day Across Alabama.

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Primary severe weather season across the United States is considered to be in the spring, more particularly the months of March through May. However, what most people don’t realize is that Alabama also has a secondary severe weather season in the fall. Fall severe weather season 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, there are some years where we may be lucky enough to experience a severe weather “drought” of sorts in the fall. On the other hand, we may see our fair share of tornadoes and severe weather in the fall. The information below will hopefully give you a better idea of just how common severe weather, including tornadoes, actually is across the state of Alabama during the fall months.

Additional Information:
Alabama All-Hazards Awareness Booklet
Alabama Tornado Database
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) Information
Being Prepared

Alabama Forestry Commission Burn Restrictions – 46 Counties including Elmore County

Fire Alert Issued for 46 North Alabama Counties

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has upgraded the Fire Danger Warning, issuing a Fire Alert for 46 counties in north Alabama effective immediately. This order for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston counties was issued today by the AFC. While under a Fire Alert, burn permits will be issued at the discretion of the State Forester.. For more information click here.

Local County and City laws may also restrict outdoor burning. Burners are responsible for contacting their local government for additional information.

 

PLEASE DO NOT BURN!

Due to Dry Weather Conditions in Elmore County!

PLEASE DO NOT BURN

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FIRE WEATHER PLANNING FORECAST FOR ALABAMA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
403 AM CDT FRI OCT 7 2016

.DISCUSSION…

DRY WEATHER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE FORECAST THROUGH THE
PERIOD, WITH THE PASSAGE OF TWO DRY FRONTS, WHICH WILL ONLY
REINFORCE DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION. THE FIRST OF THESE
FRONTS WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA THIS WEEKEND, BUT WITH NO
ANTICIPATED RAINFALL, IT WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY RELIEF TO DRY
SOILS/FUELS. THE SECOND FRONT WILL PUSH SOUTHWARD LATE IN THE
FORECAST PERIOD, WED/THU OF NEXT WEEK.

AFTERNOON RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL LARGELY BE IN THE 30S
MUCH OF THE PERIOD, WITH MID/UPPER 20S POSSIBLE IN THE SUN/MON
TIME FRAME. WINDS WILL SHIFT FROM THE NORTHEAST TO NORTH TODAY AND
INCREASE IN RESPONSE TO A TIGHTENING PRESSURE GRADIENT. WINDS WILL
REMAIN ELEVATED THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT, AFTER WHICH A SHIFT TO THE
NORTHEAST AND EAST IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF LOWER RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES AND INCREASED WIND SPEEDS MAY RESULT IN MEETING
CRITICAL FIRE DANGER THRESHOLDS SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

 For More information on Wild Fire Prevention

Alabama Forestry Website LINK