Calhoun County EMA
January 23, 2017 at 09:32am
After all the storms this weekend, we are looking forward to better weather this week. Windy conditions will persist today. It will be cooler but comfortable the rest of the week with a good chance of rain on Wednesday. We'd like to remind everyone to take the opportunity to make sure your household is ready for bad weather and other emergencies. Here are some quick tips:
1. Make sure everyone knows what to do at work, at home, and and school in an emergency. This includes what to do in a fire, in a tornado, and for other emergencies. Most importantly make sure everyone in your house knows how and when to call 9-1-1 as well as their home address.
2. Take severe weather seriously! Have multiple ways of receiving warnings: TV, radio, NOAA weather radio, apps on your smartphone (there are lots to choose from like the FEMA App and the Alabama Saf-T-Net app), text alerts (text CALHOUNEMA to 888777), etc. Never rely on a single warning system.
3. When severe weather threatens, such as when we are under a tornado watch, designate someone to be responsible for watching the weather. At night, make sure everyone can quickly get their shoes on (not flip flops) and get to the designated safest location within your home. Wear helmets--bicycle, motorcycle, baseball, anything to protect your head from flying or falling debris.
4. Keep an emergency kit or 'go bag' in your car. Things to include are a few bottles of water and snacks, rain gear, blankets, change of clothing/old shoes, flashlight, gloves, and items for kids. If you take medications daily, you may want to consider keeping an emergency supply of those in your vehicle as well.
5. Most importantly, take responsibility for your own safety. Alabama is #1 in the nation (!) for tornado fatalities. We are also high on the list for fire fatalities. Staying at a hotel? Ask if they have a weather radio. Staying at a friends house? Look for smoke detectors and ask if they work. Always be aware of your surroundings. Don't be scared, be prepared.