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Preparedness urged ahead of possible severe weather

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The FOX6 StormWarn Team says the weather forecast for Monday through Wednesday morning currently includes the possibility of all forms of severe weather for central Alabama.

The most important things you can do this weekend: Pay attention to weather updates on air and online for any changes to the forecast. And as always, the time is now to prepare for the possibility of bad storms in your area.

-Put together a severe weather kit.

-Take a look at some of the trees on your property. Are there dead or weak trees or limbs you can take down now to prevent damage?

-Think about where you'll be Monday and Tuesday. What would you do in each situation if there's bad weather?

Examples of things you may want to start thinking about, just in case: Packing an emergency kit is a good place to start. The Red Cross suggests these items for a basic emergency kit:

• Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

• Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

• Flashlight

• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

• Extra batteries

• First aid kit

• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

• Multi-purpose tool

• Sanitation and personal hygiene items

• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

• Cell phone with chargers

• Family and emergency contact information

• Extra cash

• Emergency blanket

• Map(s) of the area

Weather radios can be a real lifesaver in severe weather situations, but they can present a problem when it comes to programming them. On Saturday, FOX6 team members will be at WeatherFest at the McWane Science Center on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who comes by can bring their NOAA Weather Radios with them and get it programmed for free. There will also be help with downloading FOX6 Weather apps onto cell phones and tablets.

The incoming storms come with bad timing for those relying on weather radios. The National Weather Service recently had technical issues with the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio transmitter and has replaced the antenna with a temporary one. This has caused a lower signal strength that may not reach all radios. Radio owners are urged to listen for tone alert tests over the weekend. If a radio doesn't pick up a test alert, radio owners need to swap to a backup transmitter. FOX6's Wes Wyatt's has a video to show how to change your transmitter. Also, FOX6 employees can help you with the transmitter change at WeatherFest.

Stay with FOX6 News and the StormWarn Team over the weekend to keep an eye on the incoming weather.

For continuing severe weather updates, visit www.myfoxal.com/weather

For radar maps and imagery, visit www.myfoxstorm.com.

For the latest detailed updates from the StormWarn Team, visit www.myfoxtracker.com

For information on school closings, please visit www.myfoxclosings.com.


SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS

To get severe weather alerts to your cell phone via text message, please visit www.myfoxal.com/alerts to subscribe. Message and data rates may apply.

To get severe weather alerts on your smart phone, please visit www.myfoxal.com/apps to download and install one of our weather apps.

 

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Follow FOX6 News and the FOX6 Weather team on Twitter and Facebook for continuous updates on the weather:

News
twitter.com/myfoxal
facebook.com/myfoxal

Weather
twitter.com/myfoxstorm
facebook.com/WBRCWeather

Mobile users can also visit http://m.myfoxal.com for news, weather, and traffic updates.

Please visit myfoxal.com/traffic for the latest traffic conditions.  You can also sign up for free traffic alerts from the FOX6 Traffic Tracker.  



RADIO

You can get severe weather updates, including live FOX6 severe weather coverage, on the following Clear Channel radio stations in west and central Alabama:

Tuscaloosa: 94.1 ZBQ, 98.1 TXT, News Radio 105.9, and WACT 1420 AM

Birmingham: Magic 96.5, 102.5 The Bull, 103.7 The Q, & News Radio 105.5 WERC

 

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