Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015
Severe Weather Awareness Week for Alabama kicks off Sunday, February 15, and goes through Saturday, February 21, culminating here at UAH with the 6th annual Rocket City Weather Fest!
UAH, the National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations, ask your help in providing your relatives, friends, and neighbors with information about severe weather safety. Although severe weather outbreaks, along with the potential for strong to violent tornadoes, are more common during March, April and May, severe weather can happen at any time throughout the year here in the Tennessee Valley. Take time to learn more about severe weather and develop a safety plan of action when severe weather watches or warnings are issued. These best practices could save your life, and the lives of others.
Educational activities will be held throughout the week to promote safety and awareness of specific severe weather phenomena such as; tornadoes, damaging winds, flash floods, lightning, and hail. Each day of the week focuses on a specific type of severe weather. Visit the Severe Weather Awareness Week web page for more information on the daily topics.
Sales Tax Holiday
To end Severe Weather Awareness Week, from February 20-22, 2015, the State of Alabama will host a sales tax holiday for preparedness items. Check to make sure your emergency kit is complete and use this opportunity to get any missing items. For details on what items are included in the sales tax holiday, check out this list from the state.
Rocket City Weather Fest
The Rocket City Weather Fest will be held on February 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Shelby Center for Science and Technology. This FREE weather festival is sponsored by UAH and hosted by local student and professional chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. This event is great for weather enthusiasts of all ages! Come sit in real storm chasing and weather research vehicles, attend Severe Weather 101, check out storm shelters, and participate in hands-on demonstrations and kids' crafts.
Severe Weather Season - Are you Ready?
Here in North Alabama we are in a geographic region known for strong storms, damaging winds, and tornadoes. The months of March, April, and May are typically the most active for severe weather in our area. Advance planning and increased awareness will help Alabama residents survive potentially deadly storms.
Before the onset of severe weather season, take a moment to check your preparedness plans. Make sure your NOAA weather radio has fresh batteries in it. Make sure you have a means of receiving severe weather information. Make sure you know what you should do if threatening weather approaches. Are you signed up for UAH UAlert emergency notifications?
For more information on Alabama's severe weather seasons and other weather hazards inherent to Alabama, and for tips on preparing for these weather events, please review the Alabama All Hazards Awareness publication, produced cooperatively by the National Weather Service and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
UAH is pleased to announce that it is a National Weather Service StormReady University and has just been recertified for 2014-2017. UAH is one of only six universities in Alabama to achieve this certification, and one of only 150 universities across the nation to be certified a StormReady University. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness.
Are You Ready?
Ask yourself these questions to find out if you are ready for the next emergency situation. Remember — it's not a question of if, but when the next crisis will occur. Be prepared.
Links to federal and State readiness sites:
Why is Emergency Preparedness Important?
Emergencies can come without warning at ay time. Being prepared physically and psychologically to handle unexpected accidents or disasters is an individual as well as an organizational responsibility. Your safety is of primary importance.
The safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is everyone's responsibility. Emergency preparedness activities are important to help provide a solid framework for organizing people and actions to control or respond to the effects of a disaster or crisis situation. FEMA defines preparedness as "those activities, programs, and systems that exist before an emergency and that are used to support and enhance response to an emergency or disaster." Emergency preparedness includes not only emergency action planning (evacuation, sheltering, etc.), but also actions that can be taken beforehand to lessen the impact of (mitigate) or prevent the occurrence of an incident and resume normal operations as quickly as possible following an incident.
This web site contains instructions, examples, forms and templates, training links, and other resources to assist you with developing and maintaining your department's Building Emergency Action Plan and Continuity of Operations plan.