“CQ” (Calling All) Elmore County Amateur Radio Operators



Elmore County

Amateur Radio Operators and Enthusiasts!

Q:  Do you know what ARES stands for?

A:  Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Q:  Do you know what ECARS stands for?

A:  Elmore County Amateur Radio Society

If you are an amateur radio operator or simply want to learn more about amateur radio operations,

we have something just for you!

The Elmore County ARES is primarily tasked with communications support for

Elmore County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

The ECARS is tasked with the promotion and education of the amateur radio craft.

Both groups meet on the second Tuesday of the month

(Feb 2017 meeting was held on 1st Tuesday due to Valentine’s Day)

from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the

Elmore County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Facility

8917 US Highway 231, Wetumpka, AL 36092

Visit the website and facebook page for more information:



Come Join Us!

2017 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, Feb 24-26

2017 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Set for Feb, 24-26

According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, Alabama will hold its sixth annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, beginning Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:10 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 12 midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax. Local sales tax may apply.

Alabamians are encouraged to purchase/restock emergency supplies for their homes, workplaces and vehicles during this three-day tax holiday. Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state’s 4-percent state sales tax, and in some cities and counties, local taxes are waived on those items as well. Up to a 10-percent savings is possible in some locations.

Of interest to Elmore County citizens: As of February 3, 2017, the following localities are identified as participating in this sales tax holiday:

Autauga County – Yes

Elmore County – Yes

Montgomery County and City of Montgomery – Yes

Town of Coosada – Yes

Town of Eclectic – Yes

City of Millbrook – Yes

City of Tallassee – Yes

City of Wetumpka – Yes


AAA-cell batteries

AA-cell batteries

C-cell batteries

D-cell batteries

6-volt batteries

9-volt batteries

Cellular phone battery

Cellular phone charger

Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio,

     weatherband radio or NOAA weather radio

Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights,

      lanterns, or emergency glow sticks


Plastic Sheeting

Plastic drop cloths

Other flexible, water-proof sheeting

Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kit

Duct tape

Plywood, window film or other materials specifically

    designed to protect window coverings

Non-electrical food storage cooler or water storage container

Non-electric can opener

Artificial Ice

Blue ice

Ice packs

Reusable ice

Self-contained first aid kit

Fire extinguisher

Smoke detector

Carbon monoxide detector

Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container


Coin batteries

Automobile and boat batteries

A single purchase with a sales price of $1000 or Less:


Any portable generator and power cords – used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage.


334-242-1490 OR 866-576-6531







NWS Surveying Elmore County Storm Damages This A.M. 1/24/2017

8:43:26 AM   National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office Birmingham, Meteorologist in Charge John De Block, accompanied by Senior Meteorologist Mary Keiser, is in Elmore County this morning to survey storm damages from this weekend’s severe storms. Surveys are conducted to determine, among other things, whether storm damages are caused by straight line winds or tornadoes. Final determinations from the NWS Survey will be posted on EMA’s website once they are made available to this office.

If anyone has UNREPORTED storm damages, please contact the Elmore County EMA As Soon As Possible (ASAP) at 334-567-6451 so that those damages may be included in this storm report!

Current Road Conditions in Elmore

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As of 7:30 P.M. 1/22/2017

Peace Church Road from Rifle Range  Road to Mitchell Creek Road has re-opened. Citizens should avoid this area until further notice due to power restoration activities. Please be mindful of utility crews working in the area.

Harris Road in Elmore – the dirt section is closed until further notice.

Cain Road from Hwy 111 to Nixon Lane is closed until further notice.