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April 18, 2019


Good morning, everyone,


     The area remains under an Enhanced Risk of severe weather. Timing has slowed down from yesterday morning, with a squall line moving over inland Southeast Mississippi in the late afternoon, and exiting east of the Mobile area of responsibility close to 5 AM CDT at the latest. 

    Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2.5 inches with local amounts up to 4 inches are possible with this system. While the system will be progressive in nature, locally heavy rainfall in a short period of time could contribute to urban or minor flooding across much of the area.  Some area rivers are expected to reach (or are already experiencing) minor flooding.  Please see the attached graphics for more information. Here are the latest details:

Thursday Afternoon through Thursday Night
  • What:  Damaging wind gusts and tornadoes possible.  A strong tornado cannot be ruled out.
  • Where:  Enhanced Risk over the area.
  • When:  Late Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.
A webinar has been scheduled for 1 PM CDT today (Thursday). In additional, emails will continue to be provided through the duration 


April 17, 2019

Good morning everyone,

Severe storms and locally heavy rainfall are still expected to impact our region Thursday afternoon and Thursday night.  Please note the expansion of the Enhanced Risk of severe weather further east, to now include areas roughly west of a Greenville, AL to Navarre Beach, FL line.  A Slight Risk for severe weather is expected to the east of this line.  A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is now expected to reach our southeast Mississippi counties around mid Thursday afternoon, before moving eastward across the remainder of the area Thursday evening and overnight.  The line still appears to exit to the east of our area around 4 am early Friday morning.

Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher totals up to 4 inches will also be possible with this system.  While the system will be progressive in nature, locally heavy rainfall in a short period of time could contribute to urban or minor flooding across much of the area.  Some area rivers are expected to reach (or are already experiencing) minor flooding.  Please see the attached graphics for more information. Here are the latest details:

Thursday Afternoon through Thursday Night
  • What:  Damaging wind gusts and tornadoes possible.  A strong tornado cannot be ruled out, especially in the Enhanced Risk area.
  • Where:  Enhanced Risk over locations roughly west of a Greenville, AL to Navarre Beach, FL line.  Slight Risk over the rest of the area.
  • When:  Mid Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.
Please see Jason Beaman's e-mail for information about a scheduled webinar briefing at 1 pm today.  We will also continue to provide additional e-mail updates as more information becomes available.

Feel free to call us at (251) 633-2471 if you have any questions.

Take care,
John Purdy
Lead Forecaster

 


 
 




April 16, 2019

Good morning everyone,

We are continuing to monitor potential for severe weather in our area Thursday and Thursday night. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to reach our southeast Mississippi counties late Thursday afternoon/evening and move across the remainder of the area through Thursday night, exiting to the east early Friday morning. Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat, with a few tornadoes also possible. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with locally higher totals will also be possible with this system. Please see the attached graphic for more information. Here are the latest details:

Thursday Afternoon through Thursday Night
  • WhatDamaging wind gusts and perhaps a few tornadoes.
  • Where: Slight Risk over the entire forecast area.
  • When: Late Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.



Emergency Preparedness

Five Essential Steps To Be Ready For An Emergency

1.  STAY INFORMED - Knowing about the hazards that may strike your community and the risks you may have to take could be lifesaving.  Learn about emergency and weather alert systems.

2.  LEARN ABOUT BASIC INJURY AND DISEASE PREVENTION - You can find information on the internet, from your health care provider and a variety of other places.

3.  LOOK FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS-  Public Health provides print materials, and conferences.

4.  CREATE A FAMILY PREPAREDNESS PLAN AND EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT - Make sure everyone knows or carries emergency contact names and numbers to help find each other if separated.  Also, include items that family members with special needs may require.

5.  BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE EMERGENCY PLANS OF YOUR COMMUNITY, SCHOOL AND WORKPLACE - Make copies of the plans and keep them in a safe place to review and refer to if emergencies occur.

Collect And Store These 10 Essential Items To Get Ready For Emergencies!

1.  WATER - One gallon per person; per day
2.  FOOD - Have a two week supply of non perishable food per person.  Try to pack foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking.  Consider   diets and special needs for infants, toddlers and the elderly.
3.  CAN OPENER - Make sure it is a manual can opener in case there is no power.
4.  MEDICATIONS - Collect one month's of all prescription medicines.  Rotate stockpiled medicine to ensure shelf life.
5.  FIRST AID - Include basics, such as antiseptic, gloves, a variety of bandage sizes, thermometer and protective masks.
6.  FLASHLIGHT - It is best to get a lantern style light for hands free use. 
7.  RADIO - Have a battery-powered radio for listening to news and weather.  A crank-operated or solar-powered radio would be best.
8.  CLOTHES - Collect extra clothing, socks and shoes for each family member.
9.  PERSONAL CARE ITEMS - Collect basic personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, feminine products, baby wipes and hand sanitizer.
10.  IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS - Collect copies of driver's licenses, photo ID, SSN number.


Monroe County Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved By FEMA

The Monroe County EMA and the Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission have completed the multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The HMP will better prepare Beatrice, Excel, Frisco City and Monroeville, for natural disasters.  

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is a long-term strategy to reduce community vulnerability to natural disasters.  The Monroe County Commission, Probate Judge Greg Norris, and all surrounding jurisdictions have approved and adopted the HMP.  The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency is taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them.  The plan has been approved by the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The plan identifies hazards and potential hazards in Beatrice, Excel, Frisco City and Monroeville, and creates a framework to help community officials make decision that may ultimately protect lives and property.  The plan also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects in each of the jurisdictions.


            


Learn about enhancements to warning messages issued by
 the National Weather Service

YouTube Video


The National Weather Service will soon be adding new information to their warning messages
in an effort to better communicate specific impacts to the public. In the beginning, the
message will be termed "Experimental", but we anticipate the impact-based warnings will stay with us after the experimental period. This video was developed by Jason Beaman, Warning Coordination
Meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Mobile Forecast Office.






Learn how to reconnect with your family after a disaster

YouTube Video


Communicating with your friends and family when a disaster occurs is important to make sure everyone is safe. This is why having both an evacuation and communication plan is important. 
Waiting to hear from your loved ones during a disaster can be a heart wrenching ordeal. 
Have peace of mind when a disaster strikes and create your evacuation and emergency communication plans. Make a plan to reconnect with family after a disaster by text, e-mail, social media and cell. For more tips go to http://go.usa.gov5MgJ #NatlPrep


 

Run, Hide, Fight!

YouTube Video

With incidents of shootings and random violence in the news more and more, we need to be prepared to protect ourselves and our families from harm.  Just as you need to have a plan for hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires, you need to think about how you will react to a violent situation in a public place.  What will you do if someone comes into your workplace, church, the theater, or the mall shooting people?  Your preparation and planning for how you will react may just save your life!  Watch this video for some good ideas on dealing with an active shooter situation.







Smartphone Apps now available for Alabama Saf-T-Net
Alabama Saf-T-Net, a free service for Alabama residents provided by Baron Services, Inc. of Huntsville, has released apps for both Apple and Android products.  These apps will let you customize which warnings you receive on your device and provide you with the follow-me capability that we've all been waiting for.  More information on the Alabama Saf-T-Net system and links to information on the apps can be found at: http://alabamasaftnet.com/

Another unique feature of this system allows us to send local alerts to you from the EMA office.  This feature will provide another avenue through which to disseminate disaster related information!

Sign up today for this free service!



If You See Something, Say Something

Most of us will never run into terrorists or extremists in our daily routine but some have and will. Even if the unusual turns out to be criminal conduct, it probably is not terrorist related, but once again, it could be. Law enforcement needs citizens to report suspicious activity even if it ultimately turns out to be innocent or normal criminal activity. Without leads, there are no investigations and only investigations lead to convictions.

Alabama citizens should provide criminal or terrorist related tips to their local law enforcement agencies. These tips will be investigated locally and then reported by law enforcement to the Alabama Fusion Center. If you prefer, you may submit a tip directly to the Fusion Center.

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