Learn about enhancements to Warning messages issued by
the National Weather Service
The National Weather Service will soon be adding new information to their warning me
ssages in an effort to better communicate specific impacts to the public. In the beginning, the
se will be termed "Experimental", but we anticipate the impact-based warnings will stay with us after the experimental period. This video was put together
by Jason Beaman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Mobile Forecast Office, to explain what the changes will mean for you.
Learn How to reconnect with your family after a disaster
Communicating with your friends and family when a disaster occurs is important to make sure everyone is safe. This is why having both and 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!
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 you 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 us 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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