DeKalb EMA director explains lack of storm alerts - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

DeKalb EMA director explains lack of storm alerts

Posted: Updated:
The Alert DeKalb system integrates cellular towers, of which there was an outage during the storms. The Alert DeKalb system integrates cellular towers, of which there was an outage during the storms.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Meth found in Decatur motel; 3 arrested

    Meth found in Decatur motel; 3 arrested

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:12:29 GMT
    On Aug 20 The Decatur Police Department's Patrol Devision responded to a 911 call at a local motel. The call was received from an undetermined room.After further investigating, the people in the room were identified as William Alfonso Swopes and Amanada Morrow. Officers soon discovered that Swopes had an active felony warrant in Ohio.Officers confirmed Swopes' warrant and gathered information that James Daniel Sapp Jr. was going to arrive with an amount of methamphetamine.More >>
    On Aug 20 The Decatur Police Department's Patrol Devision responded to a 911 call at a local motel. The call was received from an undetermined room.After further investigating, the people in the room were identified as William Alfonso Swopes and Amanada Morrow. Officers soon discovered that Swopes had an active felony warrant in Ohio.Officers confirmed Swopes' warrant and gathered information that James Daniel Sapp Jr. was going to arrive with an amount of methamphetamine.More >>
  • Huntsville school board member named in civil suit by former employer

    Huntsville school board member named in civil suit by former employer

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:51:13 GMT
    Mike Culbreath is accused of conspiring with James Packard, a competing developer, to convince potential tenants to choose a competing development in the City of Huntsville.More >>
    Mike Culbreath is accused of conspiring with James Packard, a competing developer, to convince potential tenants to choose a competing development in the City of Huntsville.More >>
  • WAFF48 Anchors take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    WAFF48 Anchors take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
    WAFF48 News Anchors Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.More >>
    WAFF48 News Anchors Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.More >>
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A new weather warning system in DeKalb County was the target of ire from some residents, after they said they did not get any warnings during last week's severe storms. However, it has now been determined the system was not at fault.

The system utilizes cell phone towers, and officials said there was an outage of about 14 towers during that time. Overall, however, emergency management agency officials are pleased with the new Alert DeKalb system.

It experienced problems when it was initially rolled out in February during severe weather. Many residents reported having numerous calls every time there was a lightning strike.

Since that time, EMA officials have restricted system calls to just tornado and thunderstorm watches and warnings. However, when such warnings were issued last week, some residents were not given calls due to the downed towers.

According to officials, other residents who reported not receiving calls were not in the actual warning area, residing just outside the polygon warning area indicated by the warning, which they said is a good thing.

"The weather service has gotten very specific about those locations, and that's what we're trying to get people to think about," said DeKalb Co. EMA Director Anthony Clifton. "When a warning is issued for your area, it really means your area. We are not talking about a countywide thing anymore."

Clifton said you can customize your warnings to receive as few or as many as you want. If you live in DeKalb County and would like to sign up, you can contact the county EMA office or register online.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.