Prepare for potential severe weather

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham announced Friday an enhanced risk for tornadoes and winds up to 60 mph Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon. Today is the perfect time to get prepared and make a plan in case a tornado hits Tallapoosa County. In today’s edition of The Outlook, NWS forecaster Jason Holmes said […]

The National Weather Service office in Birmingham announced Friday an enhanced risk for tornadoes and winds up to 60 mph Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Today is the perfect time to get prepared and make a plan in case a tornado hits Tallapoosa County. In today’s edition of The Outlook, NWS forecaster Jason Holmes said the weather service is concerned people don’t have a plan and don’t have anywhere to go since the tornado risk is on Palm Sunday and people may be traveling.

“We’re concerned people won’t have a plan and they’ll have nowhere to go,” Holmes said. “We have learned people don’t know how soon to leave or seek emergency shelter.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, preparing includes having fresh batteries for a battery operated TV or radio to listen to the latest weather information and identifying a safe shelter. Residents should make an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable food and medication and keep a list of important information including phone numbers.

Be sure to know the signs of a tornado. According to the CDC, some signs include a dark or green-clouded sky, large dark low-lying clouds, large hail or the sound of a freight train.

The CDC advises residents to know where to take shelter. Do not stay in a mobile home. According to the CDC, residents should go to a basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor. Make sure to protect your head and get under something sturdy.

If you’re outside, in a car or in a mobile home, find a building nearby with a basement. If you’re in a car, do not attempt to outrun the tornado.

This is not the time to take risks. Since Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency no longer uses tornado sirens, we encourage you to sign up for Tallapoosa Alert. If you have not signed up already, make sure to make an account for Tallapoosa Alert, which sends texts, emails and phone calls alerting residents during emergency weather.

To sign up for alerts, visit www.tallaco.com and search for EMA under the department’s tab.