Local EMA officials: Have a plan for severe weather

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Preparation and information is key when it comes to preparing for potential severe weather

With severe weather predicted for Saturday, local EMA officials say it’s important to have a plan and to be prepared. Madison County EMA recommends having multiple ways to receive weather alerts.

You can download a weather alert app on your phone, such as the WZDX News weather app. You can also watch WZDX news for the latest severe weather coverage.

As for supplies, Emergency Management Officer Chris Reed says the most important to have on hand are water and non-perishable foods.

“Granola bars, canned foods– things that don’t have to be heated or require electrical power,” said Reed. “Also, water. We recommend a three-day supply at least of one gallon per person per day.”

Reed also recommends having a communications plan. Sometimes bad weather can mean not being able to make calls locally. That’s why Reed says it’s a good idea to have a point of contact outside your area who isn’t affected by the weather if you need to reach out to someone.

Reed also says to know where your closest storm shelter is located. Click here for a list of emergency shelters in North Alabama.

“We don’t want to raise folks’ level of anxiety,” said Reed. “We want people to be aware, ready to act and prepared. It is a heightened severe weather threat for Saturday, so we just need to take those preparations now so we are ready if it does happen.”

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