National Preparedness Month ~Week 3~ Are you protected?

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S.  Are you protected?  #PrepareNow

The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind our citizens that September is National Preparedness Month.  The website Ready.gov has vital information on how we can prepare our families, homes, schools, and places of work for times of emergency.  It offers tips on making an emergency plan, ways to educate our children on safety, and reminders to check our home safety devices (NOAA Weather Radios, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors).

This week we would like for citizens to “Check Your Coverage”.  Visit floodsmart.gov to learn more about the importance of flood insurance.

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System ~ September 20, 2018 at 1:18 P.M. CST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed Sept. 20 at 1:18 P.M. CST as the date and time for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. After conducting a first-ever national EAS test in 2011, the 2018 test would be a fourth dry run of an infrastructure designed to allow a President to speak to the country in case of a national emergency.

FEMA is proposing a simultaneous first-ever national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert or WEA. It would involve sending an 87-character test message to be displayed on mobile handsets. “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the text message would read.

Since wireless emergency alert capabilities launched in 2012, there have been numerous tests of the system targeting specific geographical locations. But this would be the first time a WEA alert is distributed across the entire country and to overseas U.S. territories. A backup date for both tests would be Oct. 3.

In a letter disclosing the plan to the Federal Communications Commission, Alfred Kenyon, chief of the customer support branch in FEMA’s IPAWS Program Office, wrote, “This test is necessary because it will determine if carrier WEA configuration, systems and networks can and will process a Presidential WEA delivering the message via all WEA-enabled cell sites with minimal latency. Public safety officials need to be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster, they have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public when needed.”

Kenyon continued, “Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine what technological improvements need to be made.”

According to federal officials, since the WEA system launched six years ago it has been used more than 33,000 times to warn the public on their cell phones about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations.

You can follow the link below to FEMA’s website for additional information regarding the test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

 

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/07/23/nationwide-test-emergency-alert-system-be-conducted-september-20-2018

National Preparedness Month ~Week 2~ Do You Have an Emergency Plan in Place?

Do You Have an Emergency Plan in Place? #PrepareNow

The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind our citizens that September is National Preparedness Month.  The website Ready.gov has vital information on how we can prepare our families, homes, schools, and places of work for times of emergency.  It offers tips on making an emergency plan, ways to educate our children on safety, and reminders to check our home safety devices (NOAA Weather Radios, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors).

This week we would like for citizens to “Learn Life Saving Skills”. For more information about this week’s goal, watch this video and click here to learn more about building an emergency kit.

National Preparedness Month is Now Underway

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The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind our citizens that September is National Preparedness Month.  The website Ready.gov has vital information on how we can prepare our families, homes, schools, and places of work for times of emergency.  It offers tips on making an emergency plan, ways to educate our children on safety, and reminders to check our home safety devices (NOAA Weather Radios, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors).

This week we would like for citizens to understand the importance to “Make and Practice Your Plan”. For more information about this week’s goal, visit  ready.gov/plan.

 

Road Repairs on U.S. Highway 231 South Begins Tuesday

As of 8:45 P.M., August 20, 2018

Alabama Department of Transportation

 TRAFFIC ADVISORY

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 20, 2018

 Road repairs on U.S. Highway 231 South begins Tuesday

 WETUMPKA, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Transportation will begin work on Tuesday, August 21 on U.S. Highway 231 South to correct a slide just south of the Elmore County Health Department.

There will be an outside lane closure for brief periods of time and work will begin approximately 8:30 a.m. each day. The project is set to be finished by the end of September.

Motorists should expect delays, plan accordingly, and are urged to use caution when traveling in a work zone.

ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama.

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Road Closure Notice ~ Galloway Drive ~ Redland Community

As of 9:10 A.M. Tuesday, August 14, 2018

According to the Elmore County Highway Department: Be advised that Galloway Drive in the Redland Community, is temporarily closed while road work/maintenance is performed until approximately 4:00 P.M. today.
We will update as soon as we have confirmation from the Elmore County Highway Department that the roadway is passable.