02/28/2017 3:41:20 PM Please be advised that the Elmore County EMA will postpone the monthly test of the All-Hazards Outdoor Warning Siren System, scheduled for March 1, 2017 (first Wednesday of the month), due to the possibility of severe weather late tomorrow afternoon into the evening hours. No sirens will be tested tomorrow in Elmore County. The next test of the All-Hazards Outdoor Warning Siren System is scheduled for March 8, 2017.
the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Birmingham,
will be conducting a FREE
SKYWARN Basic Storm Spotter Class
April 8, 2017
from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Registration is required. Call EMA at 334-567-6451 to register.
Anyone age 12 and older may attend. A minimum of 25 participants is required to conduct this class.
This class will be held inside the main entrance to Wetumpka High School, in the Commons Area.
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 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
|COVERED ITEMS – $60 OR LESS, PER ITEM|
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 drop cloths
Other flexible, water-proof sheeting
Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kit
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
Self-contained first aid kit
Carbon monoxide detector
Gas or Diesel fuel tank or container
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
334-242-1490 OR 866-576-6531
Elmore County was affected by three tornadoes on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
The Wetumpka (downtown) and Willow Springs Road tornadoes were each rated “EF-1”. The Emerald Mountain Christian School tornado was rated “EF-0”.
The below graphic shows confirmed tornadoes as a result of storm damage surveys conducted by the NWS
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!
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.