According to the Friday, January 10, 6:00a.m. forecast released by the U.S. National Weather Service Office, residents of Birmingham and Central Alabama need to prepare for severe weather on the morning and afternoon of Saturday, January 11th.
About a week
The local National Weather Service has been tracking this particular storm system for about a week (you can see their timeline on Facebook).
As you can see from their Thursday briefing, storms are coming:
We all know Alabama weather can be unpredictable.
That’s why you can’t take any chances. If you have some time today, revisit your emergency/severe weather plans with your family.
Have a Plan Birmingham
If you don’t have a weather emergency plan, here is a helpful checklist from ready.gov to prepare you.
Take some time today and review the ready.gov plans below:
Make A Plan
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
- Family Emergency Communication Guide (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Families or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Kids or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Commuters (PDF)
- Pet owners (PDF)
- Steps to make a plan (PDF)
- Tips on emergency alerts and warnings (PDF)
- Protect Critical Documents and Valuables (PDF)
- Document and Insure Your Property (PDF)
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF)
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Disaster Checklist (PDF)
- Make A Plan (Video)
Don’t Forget the Pets!
Take care of everyone – including your pets. The NWS Birmingham Office did release this week, a useful “how to” prepare your pets graphic.
We want you to be safe Birmingham. Over the next 36-48 hours, Bham Now will keep you up to date. Meanwhile, make plans and be prepared.