This week has been proclaimed the Alabama Severe Weather Awareness Week by Alabama Governor, Robert Bentley. National Weather Service Offices serving counties in Alabama, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama prepare for potentially deadly storms.


Christmas Day 2012 Mobile Alabama Tornado
The picture above is from the EF2 tornado on Christmas Day 2012 in Mobile, Alabama.


Severe weather watches and warnings are ineffective if the public does not receive the message or is not knowledgeable of the safety procedures to follow. The purpose of Severe Weather Awareness Week is to provide people with the knowledge necessary to protect their lives when severe weather threatens.

Whether in the form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes or flash floods, severe weather can develop very quickly. Once a tornado approaches or flooding develops it is too late to start working on a preparedness plan. When severe weather develops and warnings are issued you must take immediate action to protect yourself and others.

So how does one prepare for severe weather? For a severe weather preparedness plan to be successful, it must include the following:

    KNOWLEDGE  of terminology (such as watches and warnings)
    KNOWLEDGE  of safety rules when severe weather strikes
    RELIABLE  method of receiving emergency information
    DESIGNATION  of an appropriate shelter
    DRILLS  to test the plan

For an electronic version of the Alabama All Hazards Awareness Booklet click here.



Tornado Safety Drill -- Wednesday, February 18
In Alabama, we do not conduct a statewide tonado drill. However, we encourage everyone to conduct their own safety drill on Wednesday, Feb 18th. This "tornado safety drill" will be accomplished in conjunction with our weekly NOAA All-Hazards Radio Test that will be run at a special time around 9:10 AM. An actual tornado warning WILL NOT sound, but this is an excellent opportunity for schools, civic organizations and businesses in southwest and south central Alabama to practice what they would do in the event of a tornado warning.


Severe Weather Awareness Week Schedule

Monday 16th

Tuesday 17th

Wednesday 18th

Thursday 19th

Friday 20th





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Tornado Safety

Flooding &
Flash Flooding



Alabama Sales Tax Holiday:
  February 20-22, 2014
To end the week, 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 purchase any missing items. For further details pertaining to what items are included in the sales tax holiday, check this comprehensive list.
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You are also invited to contact the National Weather Service in Mobile, AL for interviews, information or answers to any questions you may have. In many instances, we are also able to present severe weather awareness programs to civic and industrial organizations, schools, amateur radio clubs, and hospital staffs.

For more information, contact:

    Jason Beaman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
    National Weather Service Forecast Office - Mobile, AL
    251-633-6443 ext. 224 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.