From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey has issued a state of emergency for all 67 counties ahead of the potential severe weather. The state of emergency goes into effect this evening, Tuesday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The
“The threat for potentially dangerous weather is rising for much of Alabama tomorrow,” said Ivey. “Out of an abundance of caution, I have issued a state of emergency for all 67 counties to ensure we are ready to act in any way needed from the state level. Projections are showing that this will likely be a widespread event, with some of the most severe weather anticipated late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Please make preparations now in the event your area is impacted in some way. I will continue keeping a close eye on the system and encourage every Alabamian to do the same.”
School systems around Alabama are making plans in anticipation of possible severe weather on Wednesday. Click here to view closings.
Everyone in central Alabama should ensure they have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and alerts. You can sign up for Jefferson County EMA’s Everbridge Alerts by clicking here. Also, be sure to have a plan that includes where to go when your area is in the warning polygon. It is recommended to find a place indoors, on the lowest floor and away from windows, preferably in the center of the structure, if you are unable to make it to a storm shelter. Be sure to have a helmet, shoes or boots and a whistle. The whistle will help alert first responders if you become trapped in debris.