Tornado Safety

August 18th, 2016

With our secondary severe weather season just around the corner (November and early December), now is the time to review your family's safety plan in the event severe weather approaches your area. A recent study conducted showed that many people continue to make unwise choices when it comes to their personal safety in severe storms. Table One shows many people put the safety of themselves and their families at risk with the choices they make.


The time to develop your safety plan is now...not when severe weather threatens. Here are some recommendations provided by the National Weather Service:

  1. Ensure you and your family knows your surroundings and risk for specific weather events.
  2. Have an emergency plan, and know what to do before severe weather strikes. Post your plan in your home where family and friends who visit can see it. Remember, the lowest floor, center of the house, and away from windows. Identify an appropriate shelter in your home, neighborhood and community ahead of time. Share this with your neighbor.
  3. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against severe weather. Pass this on at a community gathering or faith-based meeting. Find out from local government emergency management how you will be notified for each kind of disaster and sign up for additional alerts through social media and texts. Understand these local warning systems and signals and share your knowledge with your coworkers and friends. Email these resources to your friends, post to your social media account. 
  4. Text your love ones and let them know you are safe and where you are.

The Gadsden/Etowah County EMA is here to help educate local residents on the best practices to take during inclement weather. Contact the EMA office at 256-549-4575 or via email at to schedule a presentation for your church or civic group.

Event Date: March 20th, 2018
VOAD 3PM Etowah County VOAD meets at the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Operations Center (Gadsden City Hall - Police Building - 90 Broad Street).
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