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National Preparedness Month 2016
By September 7, 2016 Read More →

National Preparedness Month 2016

September is National Preparedness Month! During the month of September, you are encouraged to focus on preparing yourself, your family, and your friends for disasters and emergencies. This way, no matter when a disaster or emergency situation arises, you and your family are ready. However, you can take steps to prepare you and your family at any […]

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HazMat by Rail Exercise 2016
By August 29, 2016 Read More →

HazMat by Rail Exercise 2016

Representatives from 58 different entities from around central Alabama participated in a 3-day tabletop HazMat exercise held in Hoover, AL August 23-25, 2016. This combined exercise was funded by a US DOT Emergency Planning grant program administered by Alabama EMA. The exercise focused on the derailment of a train carrying hazardous material, specifically crude oil, […]

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Flooding in Louisiana
By August 16, 2016 Read More →

Flooding in Louisiana

Historic levels of flooding in Louisiana have left many people without their homes and thousands of homes and businesses underwater. A major disaster has been declared by the federal government as 20,000 people have been evacuated from flood-affected area. While those of us living in Tuscaloosa County are not affected directly by the flooding, we know the […]

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Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee to Host Benefit Dinner
By July 7, 2016 Read More →

Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee to Host Benefit Dinner

The Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee is hosting a benefit dinner to raise funds for continued work in the tornado recovery in the Sapps community. On February 2, 2016, an EF-2 tornado swept through areas of Pickens County, Alabama. While there thankfully were no fatalities or serious injuries, the damage to homes suffered by the community was significant. Many […]

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New Era of Flood Prediction and Response Tools Revealed
By June 10, 2016 Read More →

New Era of Flood Prediction and Response Tools Revealed

What can happen when you get diverse academic disciplines and determined practitioners working together to solve big problems? You may well get some big answers. Some exciting new flood-disaster management tools are now on the horizon and were unveiled this week kicking off the 2016 NOAA National Water Center Summer Institute. This innovative day demonstrated a new era […]

Pickens County Tornado Recovery
By February 8, 2016 Read More →

Pickens County Tornado Recovery

Official  Information Hosted for Pickens County EMA On February 2, 2016 an EF2 tornado swept through areas of Pickens County, Alabama. While there thankfully were no fatalities or serious injuries, the damage to homes suffered by the community was significant. Many homes were a total loss or were left uninhabitable; the majority of households displaced did not have […]

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Ham Radio Licensing Class to be Held in Tuscaloosa
By December 16, 2015 Read More →

Ham Radio Licensing Class to be Held in Tuscaloosa

The West Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross, Tuscaloosa County EMA, and the WAARS Radio Club will be hosting a series of classes that will allow members of the public to learn how to operate Ham radios and obtain a Ham radio technician license. Classes will be held every Thursday night from April 14, 2016 […]

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University of Alabama EMAP Accreditation
By November 13, 2015 Read More →

University of Alabama EMAP Accreditation

Congratulations to the University of Alabama for achieving accreditation with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)! The University of Alabama is the third institute of higher education in the nation and the first in the Southeastern Conference to acquire this accreditation. To become eligible for accreditation, the University of Alabama went through a rigorous evaluation of emergency […]

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Welcome National Water Center
By November 3, 2015 Read More →

Welcome National Water Center

A Warm Welcome to the National Water Center!  On May 26, 2015, the University of Alabama officially welcomed to its campus a new, one-of-a-kind facility focused on water prediction and forecasting. The National Water Center (NWC) is a geographically distributed organization which includes elements in Maryland, Minnesota and Alabama. The center collaboratively researches, develops and delivers state-of-the-science […]

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Common Tornado Myths
By July 10, 2015 Read More →

Common Tornado Myths

True or False? Tornado Myths Debunked   Misconceptions and myths about tornadoes have been around for a long time. Get under an overpass, open all the windows in your house, tornadoes don’t strike the same place twice. There are a number of myths that have come about over the last 150 years. Some of these myths […]