“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.

3-14-19 ELMORE COUNTY UNDER TORNADO WARNING UNTIL 10 PM

WFUS54 KBMX 150235

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ALC051-150300-

/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0039.190315T0235Z-190315T0300Z/

 

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

Tornado Warning

National Weather Service Birmingham AL

935 PM CDT THU MAR 14 2019

 

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

 

* Tornado Warning for…

Northern Elmore County in east central Alabama…

 

* Until 1000 PM CDT.

 

* At 935 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado

was located over Jordan Lake, or 9 miles northwest of Wetumpka,

moving east at 30 mph.

 

HAZARD…Tornado.

 

SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.

 

IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without

shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.

Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Tree

damage is likely.

 

* Locations impacted include…

Eclectic, Santuck, Weoka Mills, Jordan Lake, Ten Cedar Estates,

Kowaliga Bridge, Dexter, Western Lake Martin, Southern Lake Martin,

Holtville, Central, Jordan Dam and Yates Reservoir.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

 

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

 

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LAT…LON 3273 8589 3271 8589 3269 8591 3266 8591

3265 8589 3259 8589 3260 8636 3268 8635

3275 8595 3275 8588 3274 8588

TIME…MOT…LOC 0235Z 261DEG 27KT 3264 8631

 

TORNADO…RADAR INDICATED

HAIL…<.75IN

 

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3-14-2019 Elmore County under Tornado Watch until midnight

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WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCHES 25/29 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

641 PM CDT THU MAR 14 2019

 

ALC007-015-019-029-055-091-105-115-117-150500-

/O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0025.000000T0000Z-190315T0000Z/

/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0029.190314T2341Z-190315T0500Z/

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 29 UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT WHICH REPLACES A PORTION OF TORNADO WATCH 25. THE NEW WATCH IS VALID FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

 

IN ALABAMA THE NEW WATCH INCLUDES 9 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

BIBB                  PERRY                 SHELBY

  1. CLAIR

 

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

CALHOUN               CLEBURNE

 

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

 

CHEROKEE              ETOWAH

 

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

MARENGO

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALABASTER, ANNISTON, BRENT, CENTRE, CENTREVILLE, COLUMBIANA, DEMOPOLIS, GADSDEN, HEFLIN, JACKSONVILLE, LINDEN, MARION, MOODY, PELHAM, PELL CITY, AND UNIONTOWN.

 

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ALC009-057-063-065-073-075-107-119-125-127-133-150045-

/O.EXP.KBMX.TO.A.0025.000000T0000Z-190315T0000Z/

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ALLOW TORNADO WATCH 25 TO EXPIRE AT 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

 

IN ALABAMA THIS ALLOWS TO EXPIRE 11 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

BLOUNT                JEFFERSON             WALKER

 

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

 

WINSTON

 

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

FAYETTE               GREENE                HALE

LAMAR                 PICKENS               SUMTER

TUSCALOOSA

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALICEVILLE, BIRMINGHAM, CARROLLTON, EUTAW, FAYETTE, GREENSBORO, HALEYVILLE, HOOVER, JASPER, LIVINGSTON, MOUNDVILLE, ONEONTA, SULLIGENT, TUSCALOOSA, VERNON, AND YORK.

 

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ALC001-021-027-037-047-051-085-111-121-123-150500-

/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0029.190314T2341Z-190315T0500Z/

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 29 IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

 

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 10 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

AUTAUGA               CHILTON               COOSA

DALLAS                ELMORE                LOWNDES

TALLADEGA

 

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

CLAY                  RANDOLPH              TALLAPOOSA

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALEXANDER CITY, ASHLAND, CLANTON, FORT DEPOSIT, LINEVILLE, LOWNDESBORO, MILLBROOK, PRATTVILLE, ROANOKE, ROCKFORD, SELMA, SYLACAUGA, TALLADEGA, AND WETUMPKA.

 

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In light of the recent tornado in Elmore County on January 19th and the tornado that devastated Lee County on March 3rd, we would like to share the following information from Ready.gov with helpful information on tornado emergencies and ways you can help keep your family safe.  As always, Elmore County EMA encourages our citizens to prepare and be weather aware.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can:

  • Happen anytime and anywhere;
  • Bring intense winds, over 200 MPH; and
  • Look like funnels.
 IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A TORNADO THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes.
  • Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar—similar to a freight train.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. If your community has sirens, then become familiar with the warning tone.
  • Pay attention to weather reports. Meteorologists can predict when conditions might be right for a tornado.
  • Identify and practice going to a safe shelter in the event of high winds, such as a safe room built using FEMA criteria or a storm shelter built to ICC 500 standards. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Consider constructing your own safe room that meets FEMA or ICC 500 standards.

 Survive DURING

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Keep listening to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for updated information.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

Elmore County under a Tornado Watch until 6:00 p.m. (March 3, 2019)

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WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 7

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

1104 AM CST SUN MAR 3 2019

 

ALC001-005-011-017-021-027-037-047-051-081-085-087-091-101-105-

109-111-113-123-040000-

/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0007.190303T1705Z-190304T0000Z/

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 7 IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

 

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 19 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

AUTAUGA               CHILTON               COOSA

DALLAS                ELMORE                LOWNDES

MONTGOMERY            PERRY

 

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

CHAMBERS              CLAY                  LEE

MACON                 RANDOLPH              RUSSELL

TALLAPOOSA

 

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

 

BARBOUR               BULLOCK               PIKE

 

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

 

MARENGO

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ALEXANDER CITY, ASHLAND, AUBURN, CLANTON, DEMOPOLIS, EUFAULA, FORT DEPOSIT, LANETT, LINDEN, LINEVILLE, LOWNDESBORO, MARION, MILLBROOK, MONTGOMERY, OPELIKA, PHENIX CITY, PRATTVILLE, ROANOKE, ROCKFORD, SELMA, TROY, TUSKEGEE, UNION SPRINGS, UNIONTOWN, VALLEY, AND WETUMPKA.

 

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