BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – As Alabamians recover from April’s severe storms and tornadoes, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are urging people to be ready for the impacts of a hurricane.
The 2011 hurricane season begins June 1, and tropical systems can have a significant impact on Alabama—even if a storm doesn’t make landfall in the state. Hurricanes and tropical storms frequently produce tornadoes along and near the path they travel. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year.
Emergency managers urge Alabamians to visit www.EMA.Alabama.gov and www.Ready.gov to learn how to make a disaster supplies kit, make a plan, and stay informed. Resources for kids can be found at kids.ema.alabama.gov/.
“We’ve all been through a lot with the April tornado outbreak and there’s a lot of work ahead of us,” said Jeff Byard, state coordinating officer. “But we must be ready for what hurricane season may bring.”
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan produced 117 tornadoes over a three-day period as it made its way across Alabama. Ivan also cost the nation more than $14.2 billion, making it one of the costliest disasters in history.
“There are simple steps everyone can take to be ready,” said Michael Byrne, federal coordinating officer. “It may take a little time and effort, but having a plan will pay off in the long run.”
Here’s additional information to help you prepare:
- Get a kit. Assemble a disaster supplies kit with food, water, medical supplies, battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, batteries, flashlights, and other items that will allow you to get by for 3 days after a hurricane hits.
- Make a plan. Make a family disaster plan that includes out-of-town contacts and locations to reunite if loved ones become separated. Be sure everyone knows home, work and cellphone numbers, and how to call 9-1-1.
- Be Informed. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. Be aware of weather threats and warnings.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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