Severe Weather Awareness Week
February 23-27, 2009

Governor Bob Riley has proclaimed February 23-27, 2009, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations, ask your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive these deadly storms.

Damage in Fayette County, AL
Flooding in Alabaster, AL
These are just a couple of images from recent years where parts of central Alabama received severe weather damage and flooding. The picture on the left is from Fayette County on February 6, 2008. The picture on the right is along Buck Creek at the Alabaster Depot (ShelbyCounty) during August 2008.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has several different events planned to coincide with Severe Weather Awareness Week:

Career Night on Tuesday, February 24th, from 6pm-8pm This event will be geared towards high school students. It will be an excellent opportunity for students in 9th-12th grades to speak with National Weather Service employees about job opportunities with the NWS in meteorology, hydrology, electronics systems, and information technology.

"Tornado Safety Drill" on Wednesday, February 25. This "tornado safety drill" will be accomplished in conjunction with our weekly NOAA All-Hazards Radio Test that will be run between 9 am and 9:30 am. An actual tornado warning WILL NOT sound, but this is an excellent opportunity for schools, civic organizations and businesses around central Alabama to practice what they would do in the event of a tornado warning.

Open House on Saturday, February 28th, from 10am-5pm This Open House is for the citizens of central Alabama to have an opportunity to visit our office, talk with our staff, and meet many others involved in the Emergency Management community. For more information about the Open House, CLICK HERE.

For directions to the National Weather Service office in Calera, CLICK HERE.

Severe weather can happen at any time. Here are some events from 2008.

Educational activities will be held throughout the week to educate people on preventing injuries and deaths from tornadoes, damaging winds, flash floods, lightning, and hail. Each day of the week focuses on a specific type of severe weather or on the warning and drill system.

  Severe Weather Awareness Week Schedule
Monday, February 23
Severe Thunderstorms and Damaging Winds
Tuesday, February 24
Wednesday, February 25
Tornado Safety There will also be a statewide Tornado Safety Drill in conjunction with the regular Weekly NWR Test between 9 and 9:30 am.
Thursday, February 26
Flooding and Flash Flooding
Friday, February 27
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and Emergency Alert System


Related Links and Publications

Severe Weather Awareness

You should know what actions to take to protect yourself, family, pets and property against severe weather:



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