The Birmingham National Weather Service Partners With The Alabama Emergency Management Agency To Urge Alabamians To Prepare For Hurricane Season
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Officials from the Birmingham National Weather Service (NWS) and the Alabama State Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) held a joint 2007 Hurricane Preparedness briefing today at the Alabama State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton, AL. The briefing was given by Meteorologist-In-Charge Jim Stefkovich and AEMA Deputy Director John James.
Meteorologist-In-Charge Stefkovich began the briefing by highlighting tropical systems that have affected central Alabama over the past 10 years, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ivan in 2004. He also spoke on the effects of current global weather patterns and their potential impacts on storm development for the 2007 hurricane season. Stefkovich then touched on the current dramatic drought situation in Alabama and the affect of the recent smoke covering the area from the south Georgia and north Florida wildfires.
AEMA Deputy Director James continued the briefing by talking about the continued improvements the state has made in order to be more prepared for the next devastating storm. This includes improved transportation to evacuate residents in harm's way.
In closing, both emphasized the need for every Alabama resident to prepare themselves and their families by ensuring they have a plan in place if the need arises. This includes a travel plan (if necessary) and supplies for a family to survive for 72 hours. Other suggestions included investing in a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards in order to stay informed during any type of hazardous weather.
National Weather Service Meteorologist-In-Charge Jim Stefkovich (right) and
Alabama Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director John James (left)
Answer Questions During a Joint News Conference
You can view these short presentations for information on influences for the 2007 hurricane season.