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The Tennessee Valley is no stranger to strong, severe, and even destructive storms. Time and again, we've seen the catastrophic damage caused by tornadoes and other forms of severe weather.

While we can't prevent these storms, we can be prepared. Preparedness means everything from having emergency food and water supplies on hand to having multiple ways of accessing life-saving weather information.

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  • Be Prepared: Register your storm shelter

    Be Prepared: Register your storm shelter

    Monday, March 21 2016 7:41 PM EDT2016-03-21 23:41:26 GMT
    Wednesday, March 23 2016 5:37 PM EDT2016-03-23 21:37:27 GMT
    (Source: Fema.gov)(Source: Fema.gov)

    In almost all cases, going to an up-to-FEMA-code storm shelter will be the absolute safest location when severe weather strikes.

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    In almost all cases, going to an up-to-FEMA-code storm shelter will be the absolute safest location when severe weather strikes.

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  • Make sure your pets are prepared for severe weather

    Make sure your pets are prepared for severe weather

    Monday, March 14 2016 3:13 PM EDT2016-03-14 19:13:49 GMT
    Wednesday, March 16 2016 7:58 PM EDT2016-03-16 23:58:44 GMT

    Making sure you, your family, and your pets are prepared for severe weather starts well before your weather radio starts going off. 

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    Making sure you, your family, and your pets are prepared for severe weather starts well before your weather radio starts going off. 

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  • Be Prepared: How to spot and escape rip currents

    Be Prepared: How to spot and escape rip currents

    Monday, March 7 2016 4:33 PM EST2016-03-07 21:33:59 GMT
    Monday, March 7 2016 5:10 PM EST2016-03-07 22:10:36 GMT
    (Source: Flickr – Achin Hepp)(Source: Flickr – Achin Hepp)

    Whether you’re heading to the beach to soak up the sun this summer or for some Spring Break fun, learning how to identify a rip current, and what to do if you get caught in one, could save your life.

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    Whether you’re heading to the beach to soak up the sun this summer or for some Spring Break fun, learning how to identify a rip current, and what to do if you get caught in one, could save your life.

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  • Be Prepared: Huge tornado study conducted in the TN Valley

    Be Prepared: Huge tornado study conducted in the TN Valley

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 12:25 PM EST2016-03-02 17:25:12 GMT
    Wednesday, March 2 2016 2:36 PM EST2016-03-02 19:36:08 GMT
    40 researchers from 20 research entities or universities will travel to Huntsville, in some cases, thousands of miles, several times this spring to conduct this study. (Source: WAFF)40 researchers from 20 research entities or universities will travel to Huntsville, in some cases, thousands of miles, several times this spring to conduct this study. (Source: WAFF)
    40 researchers from 20 research entities or universities will travel to Huntsville, in some cases, thousands of miles, several times this spring to conduct this study. They will deploy approximately 13 vehicles, 3 mobiles radar, and one fixed radar from UAH's SWIRLL. More >>

    40 researchers from 20 research entities or universities will travel to Huntsville, in some cases, thousands of miles, several times this spring to conduct this study. They will deploy approximately 13 vehicles, 3 mobiles radar, and one fixed radar from UAH's SWIRLL.

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  • Be Prepared: Tips to quickly de-ice, defrost windshield

    Be Prepared: Tips to quickly de-ice, defrost windshield

    Monday, February 15 2016 7:24 PM EST2016-02-16 00:24:18 GMT
    Wednesday, February 17 2016 5:34 PM EST2016-02-17 22:34:57 GMT
    (Source: loonyhiker/Flickr commons)(Source: loonyhiker/Flickr commons)

    On those really cold mornings, the last thing you probably want to do is spend extra time outside, scraping the frost off your windshield.

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    On those really cold mornings, the last thing you probably want to do is spend extra time outside, scraping the frost off your windshield.

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  • Stock up on preparedness supplies - tax free

    Stock up on preparedness supplies - tax free

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 3:54 PM EST2016-02-16 20:54:44 GMT
    Tuesday, February 16 2016 11:38 PM EST2016-02-17 04:38:22 GMT
    (Source: Alabama Retail Association)(Source: Alabama Retail Association)

    Alabama’s fifth severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday begins Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

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    Alabama’s fifth severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday begins Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

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  • Very rare, but not impossible: Be Prepared for Lake/River Effect Snow

    Very rare, but not impossible: Be Prepared for Lake/River Effect Snow

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 6:26 PM EST2016-02-09 23:26:31 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 5:49 PM EST2016-02-10 22:49:45 GMT
    The simple explanation for how lake or river effect snows forms is when cold air masses move over warmer lake or river waters. More >>

    The simple explanation for how lake or river effect snows forms is when cold air masses move over warmer lake or river waters.

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  • Be Prepared: Electrical Safety

    Be Prepared: Electrical Safety

    Monday, February 1 2016 6:16 PM EST2016-02-01 23:16:28 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 5:35 PM EST2016-02-03 22:35:59 GMT
    Ensure you won't be left with a shocking or smoldering problem. (Source: Choking Sun/Flickr commons)Ensure you won't be left with a shocking or smoldering problem. (Source: Choking Sun/Flickr commons)
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, incidents involving electrical equipment result in more than 40,000 residential fires every year, which claim over 350 lives, cause over 1,500 injuries, and cause millions of dollars in damage. More >>

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, incidents involving electrical equipment result in more than 40,000 residential fires every year, which claim over 350 lives, cause over 1,500 injuries, and cause millions of dollars in damage.

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  • Be Prepared to drive in winter weather

    Be Prepared to drive in winter weather

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 12:05 PM EST2016-01-26 17:05:55 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 5:00 PM EST2016-01-27 22:00:58 GMT
    Science and common sense can help you stay safe on wintry roads. (Source: WAFF)Science and common sense can help you stay safe on wintry roads. (Source: WAFF)
    Science and common sense can help you stay safe on wintry roads. More >>

    Science and common sense can help you stay safe on wintry roads.

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  • A way with words: Winter weather terminology

    A way with words: Winter weather terminology

    Tuesday, January 19 2016 4:49 PM EST2016-01-19 21:49:49 GMT
    Wednesday, January 20 2016 5:27 PM EST2016-01-20 22:27:13 GMT
    (Source: RNN)(Source: RNN)
    The vocabulary of watches, warnings and advisories can be confusing for some. Let's review the various types of warnings, watches and advisories you may encounter in the colder months. More >>

    The vocabulary of watches, warnings and advisories can be confusing for some. Let's review the various types of warnings, watches and advisories you may encounter in the colder months.

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  • Be Prepared: Protecting pipes from the cold

    Be Prepared: Protecting pipes from the cold

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 4:56 PM EST2016-01-12 21:56:29 GMT
    Wednesday, January 13 2016 10:16 PM EST2016-01-14 03:16:11 GMT
    (Source: Scott Akerman/Flickr commons)(Source: Scott Akerman/Flickr commons)

    How cold is too cold for your pipes? How can you prevent a rather costly mistake?

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    How cold is too cold for your pipes? How can you prevent a rather costly mistake?

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  • Be Prepared for Flooding

    Be Prepared for Flooding

    Tuesday, December 29 2015 7:19 PM EST2015-12-30 00:19:10 GMT
    Wednesday, December 30 2015 6:12 PM EST2015-12-30 23:12:53 GMT
    It is never safe to drive or walk into floodwaters. (Source: Georgia M.)It is never safe to drive or walk into floodwaters. (Source: Georgia M.)

    One of the most crucial, but often overlooked, part of being prepared is knowing what the different weather advisories mean and heeding their warnings.

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    One of the most crucial, but often overlooked, part of being prepared is knowing what the different weather advisories mean and heeding their warnings.

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  • Cold weather car preps - being prepared on the road

    Cold weather car preps - being prepared on the road

    Monday, December 14 2015 6:16 PM EST2015-12-14 23:16:11 GMT
    Wednesday, December 16 2015 6:35 PM EST2015-12-16 23:35:00 GMT
    (Source: WAFF)(Source: WAFF)
    Although temperatures have been very mild so far, Winter can sometimes be especially brutal on your vehicle.More >>

    Although temperatures have been very mild so far, Winter can sometimes be especially brutal on your vehicle.

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  • Be Prepared for severe weather in an apartment, mobile home

    Be Prepared for severe weather in an apartment, mobile home

    Monday, November 30 2015 8:55 AM EST2015-11-30 13:55:25 GMT
    Wednesday, December 9 2015 5:55 PM EST2015-12-09 22:55:47 GMT
    Make arrangements to get to a first-floor apartment during the threat of tornadoes. (Source: WAFF)Make arrangements to get to a first-floor apartment during the threat of tornadoes. (Source: WAFF)
    The basic severe weather safety guidelines for homes also apply if you live in an apartment or condo - with some important differences.More >>

    The basic severe weather safety guidelines for homes also apply if you live in an apartment or condo - with some important differences.

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  • Be Prepared: Find the safest spot in your home

    Be Prepared: Find the safest spot in your home

    Monday, November 30 2015 8:55 AM EST2015-11-30 13:55:24 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 5:59 PM EST2015-12-02 22:59:52 GMT
    Which spot is the best spot? The answer depends on you home's layout and geography. (Source: WAFF)Which spot is the best spot? The answer depends on you home's layout and geography. (Source: WAFF)
    Which spot is the best spot? The answer depends on you home's layout and geography. More >>

    Which spot is the best spot? The answer depends on you home's layout and geography. 

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  • Fire Prevention & Safety

    Fire Prevention & Safety

    Friday, November 20 2015 3:42 PM EST2015-11-20 20:42:13 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 7:00 PM EST2015-11-26 00:00:23 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    Between spending more time indoors, the heaters, extra decorating lights, candles, and cooking - colder weather means more potential house fires.More >>

    Between spending more time indoors, the heaters, extra decorating lights, candles, and cooking - colder weather means more potential house fires.

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  • Be Prepared for this winter's El Niño

    Be Prepared for this winter's El Niño

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 5:54 PM EST2015-11-17 22:54:32 GMT
    Wednesday, November 18 2015 7:00 PM EST2015-11-19 00:00:22 GMT
    Learn more about the El Niño weather system and what conditions may be in store this winter for the Tennessee Valley.More >>

    Learn more about the El Niño weather system and what conditions may be in store this winter for the Tennessee Valley.

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  • Be Prepared: Be covered - insurance matters for you and yours

    Be Prepared: Be covered - insurance matters for you and yours

    Wednesday, November 11 2015 6:37 PM EST2015-11-11 23:37:55 GMT
    Wednesday, November 11 2015 6:37 PM EST2015-11-11 23:37:55 GMT
    (Source: Picture of Money/flickr commons)(Source: Picture of Money/flickr commons)
    When it comes to being prepared, ensuring you have insurance to cover property losses is essential.More >>
    When it comes to being prepared, ensuring you have insurance to cover property losses is essential.More >>
  • Be Prepared: Responsible Volunteering

    Be Prepared: Responsible Volunteering

    Tuesday, November 3 2015 6:36 PM EST2015-11-03 23:36:16 GMT
    Wednesday, November 4 2015 7:04 PM EST2015-11-05 00:04:49 GMT
    We all know that after disaster strikes, preparedness becomes a community involvement. (Source: WAFF file)We all know that after disaster strikes, preparedness becomes a community involvement. (Source: WAFF file)
    Being prepared only starts with yourself, your family, and your home. We all know too well that after disaster strikes, preparedness becomes a community involvement.More >>
    Being prepared only starts with yourself, your family, and your home. We all know too well that after disaster strikes, preparedness becomes a community involvement.More >>
  • How the deaf and hard-of-hearing can Be Prepared

    How the deaf and hard-of-hearing can Be Prepared

    Wednesday, October 7 2015 3:30 PM EDT2015-10-07 19:30:34 GMT
    Wednesday, October 7 2015 8:30 PM EDT2015-10-08 00:30:29 GMT
    Devices can be attached to weather radios, such as strobe lights, to help the hard-of-hearing know when a warning is placed. (Source: WAFF file)Devices can be attached to weather radios, such as strobe lights, to help the hard-of-hearing know when a warning is placed. (Source: WAFF file)
    From visual devices attached to weather radios to on-screen descriptions, learn more about how those with hearing difficulties can stay ready for weather emergencies.More >>
    From visual devices attached to weather radios to on-screen descriptions, learn more about how those with hearing difficulties can stay ready for weather emergencies.More >>
  • Let's review: Watches and Warnings

    Let's review: Watches and Warnings

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-09-29 18:57:43 GMT
    Wednesday, September 30 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-09-30 23:00:22 GMT
    (Source: WAFF)(Source: WAFF)
    This may seem basic, and is hopefully a review for most of you, but sometimes the basics can be overlooked. Let’s review the different products that the National Weather Service will issue during severe weather.More >>
    This may seem basic, and is hopefully a review for most of you, but sometimes the basics can be overlooked. Let’s review the different products that the National Weather Service will issue during severe weather.More >>
  • Fact vs. Myth: Lightning, tornadoes, birds and more

    Fact vs. Myth: Lightning, tornadoes, birds and more

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-09-16 18:57:39 GMT
    Wednesday, September 16 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-09-16 23:00:21 GMT
    In many homes, weather folklore and advice is passed down from generation to generation. We’ll separate the myths from the facts.More >>
    In many homes, weather folklore and advice is passed down from generation to generation. We’ll separate the myths from the facts.More >>
  • Tools of the trade: The 'Be Prepared' Supply Kit

    Tools of the trade: The 'Be Prepared' Supply Kit

    Tuesday, September 1 2015 5:43 PM EDT2015-09-01 21:43:09 GMT
    Wednesday, September 2 2015 6:55 PM EDT2015-09-02 22:55:17 GMT
    This kit is filled with materials that could keep you safe in case of the worst. (Source: Clyde Robinson/flickr commons)This kit is filled with materials that could keep you safe in case of the worst. (Source: Clyde Robinson/flickr commons)
    Having a fully stocked emergency kit, already in your safe place, is crucial.More >>
    Having a fully stocked emergency kit, already in your safe place, is crucial.More >>
  • After disaster strikes, call 211

    After disaster strikes, call 211

    Monday, August 24 2015 2:25 PM EDT2015-08-24 18:25:02 GMT
    Wednesday, August 26 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-08-26 23:00:21 GMT
    211 puts you in direct contact with services who can help you recover after disaster. (Source: WAFF)211 puts you in direct contact with services who can help you recover after disaster. (Source: WAFF)
    You can spend days, weeks, even months preparing, but when disaster strikes, you may find yourself lacking things to keep you and your family safe.More >>
    You can spend days, weeks, even months preparing, but when disaster strikes, you may find yourself lacking things to keep you and your family safe.More >>
  • Generator maintenance ensures a clean start

    Generator maintenance ensures a clean start

    Tuesday, August 18 2015 12:57 PM EDT2015-08-18 16:57:09 GMT
    Wednesday, August 26 2015 3:45 PM EDT2015-08-26 19:45:23 GMT
    Safety officials remind you not to set up generators in enclosed spaces. (Source: WAFF)Safety officials remind you not to set up generators in enclosed spaces. (Source: WAFF)
    Preventative maintenance to ensure your generator works when you need it. Lynn Tidmore with Current Electrical and Generator Services shared a few simple tips with me to make sure your generatorMore >>
    Preventative maintenance to ensure your generator works when you need it. Lynn Tidmore with Current Electrical and Generator Services shared a few simple tips with me to make sure your generator works when you need it and to hopefully prevent you from having to get it serviced. Location is key. Store yourMore >>
  • Pets should also be prepped for summer heat

    Pets should also be prepped for summer heat

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 10:32 AM EDT2015-08-12 14:32:19 GMT
    Saturday, January 9 2016 4:35 PM EST2016-01-09 21:35:03 GMT
    Although our pets love to please us, they will let us know if they can’t handle the heat. (Source: WAFF)Although our pets love to please us, they will let us know if they can’t handle the heat. (Source: WAFF)
    Although our pets love to please us, they will let us know if they can’t handle the heat. More >>

    Although our pets love to please us, they will let us know if they can’t handle the heat.

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  • Extreme heat: How to stay cool, render aid to others

    Extreme heat: How to stay cool, render aid to others

    Tuesday, August 4 2015 4:05 PM EDT2015-08-04 20:05:47 GMT
    Saturday, January 9 2016 4:31 PM EST2016-01-09 21:31:57 GMT
    Stay hydrated - this is your first line of defense when confronted with dangerous heat. (Source: WAFF)Stay hydrated - this is your first line of defense when confronted with dangerous heat. (Source: WAFF)
    Heat is actually the leading weather related killer in the United States. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. More >>

    Heat is actually the leading weather related killer in the United States. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits.

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  • Lightning forecasts: Time is of the essence

    Lightning forecasts: Time is of the essence

    Monday, July 20 2015 5:24 PM EDT2015-07-20 21:24:31 GMT
    Tuesday, September 1 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-09-01 21:33:09 GMT
    SATcast is fully operational, and part of UAH’s focus on "Nowcasting" – or forecasting within a 1-2 hour window. (Source: WAFF)SATcast is fully operational, and part of UAH’s focus on "Nowcasting" – or forecasting within a 1-2 hour window. (Source: WAFF)
    SATcast is fully operational, and part of UAH’s focus on "Nowcasting" – or forecasting within a 1-2 hour window.More >>
    SATcast is fully operational, and part of UAH’s focus on "Nowcasting" – or forecasting within a 1-2 hour window.More >>
  • Dangerous Lightning: Staying safe during thunderstorms

    Dangerous Lightning: Staying safe during thunderstorms

    Monday, July 20 2015 5:14 PM EDT2015-07-20 21:14:08 GMT
    Wednesday, July 22 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-07-22 23:00:19 GMT
    The U.S. is in the middle of its peak lightning months and as of July 22, 21 deaths have already been reported nationwide, three in Alabama alone.More >>
    The U.S. is in the middle of its peak lightning months and as of July 22, 21 deaths have already been reported nationwide, three in Alabama alone.More >>
  • North Alabama utility contact information

    North Alabama utility contact information

    Wednesday, July 15 2015 5:24 PM EDT2015-07-15 21:24:29 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 11:26 AM EST2015-12-22 16:26:09 GMT
    (Source: WAFF)(Source: WAFF)

    In case of a power or essential service disruption, you should have these numbers handy in case you want to report the outage or check on repair status.

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    In case of a power or essential service disruption, you should have these numbers handy in case you want to report the outage or check on repair status.

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  • Stay weather aware with the First Alert Storm Trackers

    Stay weather aware with the First Alert Storm Trackers

    Whenever storms approach the Tennessee Valley, we want you to stay weather aware.More >>
    Whenever storms approach the Tennessee Valley, we want you to stay weather aware.More >>
  • Contact local EMA officials for shelter opening info and more

    Contact local EMA officials in event of storm damage, safety alerts

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 11:24 AM EST2015-12-22 16:24:55 GMT
    Sunday, January 17 2016 7:12 PM EST2016-01-18 00:12:27 GMT
    Click here for information on contacting your local emergency officials for tornado shelters, warming centers, and other safety information. More >>

    Click here for information on contacting your local emergency officials for tornado shelters, warming centers, and other safety information.

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  • How to Program your Midland All Hazards Weather Radio

    How to Program your Midland All Hazards Weather Radio

    Step-by-step instructions on how to program you Midland All Hazards Alert Weather Radio.  Click here to see SAME codes and frequencies.More >>
    Step-by-step instructions on how to program your Midland All Hazards Alert Weather Radio.More >>
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