Severe weather expected Saturday. Do you have a plan Birmingham? Here is a checklist.

The January 10, 2020, 6:00a.m. forecast from the NWS Birmingham Office. Graphic is from the NWS Facebook page

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.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

Be prepared with an emergency survival kit. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

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

Birmingham, Asbury United Methodist Church, tornado relief, disaster relief
Building tornado relief buckets for those in need. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

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Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.