HAPPENING NOW: LATEST ON CSX RAIL CROSSING/ROAD CLOSURES, March 8, 2017

08:22:11 A.M.  CSX has updated Elmore County EMA on their scheduled maintenance on rail crossings resulting in the following road closures:

Rodgers Drive (City of Millbrook) is CLOSED and will remain closed until later today when the work is expected to be completed.

Coosada Road (Town of Coosada) was closed this morning and will remain closed until the work is completed, also expected sometime later today.

Happening Now: CSX Has Temporarily Opened Prattville Junction Rd; Rodgers Drive Remains Closed; More Closings In the A.M.

1:54:31 PM  CSX has provided the Elmore County EMA with the latest information regarding the rail crossings maintenance schedule:

Prattville Junction Road (City of Millbrook) has been temporarily re-opened with a gravel drive for this evening and overnight access. Work will be resumed in the morning on this crossing.

Rodgers Drive (City of Millbrook) is CLOSED and will remain closed until work is completed sometime tomorrow.

Coosada Road (Town of Coosada) will be closed sometime between 7:30 and 8:00 A.M. so that work can begin on the rail crossing.

Elmore County EMA will continue to update their webpage with these road closures and re-openings as CSX provides the updates.

Again, if you or someone you know is affected by these road closures, please check back frequently for the latest status until this scheduled maintenance work is completed.

Happening Now: CSX Has Closed Prattville Junction Rd and Will Close Rodgers Drive Within The Hour

08:30:30  CSX has notified the Elmore County EMA that they have closed Prattville Junction Rd (City of Millbrook) for the day and are planning to close Rodgers Drive (City of Millbrook) within the next hour for scheduled maintenance. These closures are according to information released on Friday, March 3, 2017, in a News Release to all local media outlets from EMA and as posted on the Elmore County EMA webpage.

CSX representatives have ensured they will contact EMA as roads are reopened and closed as part of this scheduled maintenance plan. EMA will ensure all Dispatch Offices and Emergency Medical Services are kept abreast of these changes.

If these conditions affect you or someone you know, please check back frequently for the latest information provided by CSX.

Attention! – CSX conducting rail road crossing work in Elmore County!

Attention! – CSX conducting rail road

  crossing work in Elmore County!

The following road crossings will be closed starting Monday, March 6, 2017. Each road crossings will be closed for 2 to 4 days at a time. The work will begin at 6:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. daily, Monday – Thursday. At night the crossings will be temporarily open for resident access only. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 6, 2017:

Prattville Junction

Rodgers Drive

Tuesday March 7, 2017:

Coosada Road

Pecan Grove Road

Private Crossing near the Gas Plant

Gas Plant Road

Gaddis Road

Wednesday March 8, 2017:

Politic Road

Jackson Street

Marion Spillway Road

Thursday March 9, 2017:

Speigner Circle

Cypress Road/Rail Road Street

Outdoor Warning Siren System Test on Mar 1, 2017 Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

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.

NEW!! EMA’s “Preparedness Fair” Now Includes NWS Basic Storm Spotter Training

03/27/2017

 Also NEW this year, in conjunction with EMA’s 8th Annual Preparedness Fair, 

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.  

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

“CQ”

(CALLING ALL)

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:

http://elmore.alabama-ares.org/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/ElmoreCountyAmateurRadioSociety 

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

COVERED ITEMS – $60 OR LESS, PER ITEM
EXEMPT:

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

Tarpaulin

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

TAXABLE:

Coin batteries

Automobile and boat batteries

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

EXEMPT:

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