“If You See Something, Say Something!”

From the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

It Takes a Community to Protect a Community

“If You See Something, Say Something™” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to strengthening hometown security by creating partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments and the private sector, as well as the communities they serve. These partners help us reach the public across the nation by displaying the campaign’s messages and distributing outreach materials, including Public Service Announcements (PSAs).

We can all help keep our communities safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement.


The Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday  gives citizens an opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness supplies free of state sales or use tax (local sales and use tax may apply). The Elmore County Commission unanimously passed Resolution 10-22-2012 to annually participate in the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.  The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 26, 2020 and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, February 28, 2020.

Some of the tax-free items are common supplies costing less than $60 than can be used to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergencies. For a complete list of tax free items, list of participating local governments, or more information, go to https://revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/sales-tax-holidays/ and review the Sales Tax Holidays link.

Tropical Storm Warning in Effect for Elmore County

– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Autauga, Barbour,
Bibb, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay,
Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Greene, Hale,
Jefferson, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry,
Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega,
Tallapoosa, and Tuscaloosa

– About 370 miles southwest of Birmingham AL or about 340 miles
southwest of Montgomery AL
– 29.2N 90.6W
– Storm Intensity 110 mph
– Movement North-northeast or 25 degrees at 24 mph


Hurricane Zeta was located just off the coast of Southeastern Louisiana
and is expected to continue moving northeastward into Central Alabama
later tonight. A swath of 60-70 mph wind gusts is expected to occur
along and to the right of Zeta’s track, roughly south of Interstate 59,
with gusts of 40-50 mph possible along and south of Interstate 85.
With these wind speeds, expect widespread downed trees and power
outages across portions of Central Alabama. Additional rainfall amounts
of 2 to 3 inches are expected with locally higher amounts, which may
cause localized flash flooding. There is also a low threat of a brief
tornado Wednesday night across southern and southeastern portions of
Central Alabama.


Protect against dangerous wind having possible significant impacts
along and south of Interstate 59. Potential impacts in this area
– Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
objects become dangerous projectiles.
– Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
fences and roadway signs blown over.
– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access
routes impassable.
– Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
in areas with above ground lines.

Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible
significant impacts along and south of Interstate 59. Potential
impacts include:
– Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
– Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
arroyos, and ditches overflow.
– Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts
across the southeastern half of Central Alabama. Potential impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and boats pulled
from moorings.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, little to no impact is anticipated.


Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and
property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a
safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible.
Allow extra time to reach your destination. Many roads and bridges
will be closed once strong winds arrive. Check the latest weather
forecast before departing and drive with caution.

If heading to a community shelter, become familiar with the shelter
rules before arrival, especially if you have special needs or have
pets. Take essential items with you from your Emergency Supplies Kit.

Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of
life. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any
orders that are issued. Remember, during the storm 9 1 1 Emergency
Services may not be able to immediately respond if conditions are
unsafe. This should be a big factor in your decision making.

Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles
can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide
poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly
ventilated area.

It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an
emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in
which you are staying and the name of the county or parish in which
it resides. Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay
attention for instructions from local authorities.

Storm surge is the leading killer associated with tropical storms and
hurricanes! Make sure you are in a safe area away from the surge
zone. Even if you are not in a surge-prone area, you could find
yourself cutoff by flood waters during and after the storm. Heed
evacuation orders issued by the local authorities.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone
area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded
roadway. Remember, turn around don’t drown!

If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, be ready to shelter
quickly, preferably away from windows and in an interior room not
prone to flooding. If driving, scan the roadside for quick shelter

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or
on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of
strong winds or flooding.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather

– For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
– For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
– For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

Elmore County-East AL Regional Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020

***The 30 day time period has expired for input.  Thank you for helping participate!***

It’s Time For A Plan Update!


Elmore County Emergency Management Agency is calling on our citizens to contribute to the 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan update that is currently underway.

Every five years County EMA offices are required by FEMA to update the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. This allows the ability to receive Federal Grant Funding for things like Schools, County Government, Fire Departments, and Law Enforcement, etc.

The goal of the HMP update is to further protect property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability. During the course of this planning project, county and local leaders and the participating communities work together to identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulate a strategy to reduce the effects of hazards such as floods, tornadoes and severe storms on life and property.

This year to be more efficient, effective, and good stewards of our taxpayer’s dollars. We have elected to be part of the East Alabama Regional Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan along with the other counties in our division.

(Autauga, Bullock, Chambers, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Russell, and Tallapoosa)

We ask that you read the plan below, and if you have any comments or suggestions please send them to our plan writers at Lee – Russell Council of Governments.

Thank you for your help in making Elmore County a safer and more resilient community to live and work!

For Public Review for 30 days:

East AL Regional Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020

Send your comments to


Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order~effective Friday, May 22 – Friday, July 3, 2020

From the office of Alabama Public Health:

Today’s emergency order from the State Health Officer, effective Friday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m., and running through Friday, July 3 at 5:00 p.m., is available on our website: go.usa.gov/xwqch.

In cooperation with Governor Kay Ivey, we have created these four Safer at Home flyers:
Guidelines for Entertainment Venues and Tourist Attractions: go.usa.gov/xvhzf
Guidelines for Day and Overnight Youth Summer Camps: go.usa.gov/xvhuQ
Guidelines for Child Day Care Facilities: go.usa.gov/xvhuy
Guidelines for Adult and Youth Athletic Activities: go.usa.gov/xvhu6


We Need Your Help! 2020 HMP Update

Elmore County Emergency Management Agency is calling on its citizens to contribute to the 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan update that is currently underway, by taking a short survey. The goal of the HMP update is to further protect property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability. During the course of this planning project, county and local leaders and the participating communities will work together to identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulate a strategy to reduce the effects of hazards such as floods, tornadoes and severe storms on life and property. This survey will take less than 2 minutes to complete, and all answers are confidential. Thank you for helping make Elmore County a more resilient community!