Weather Season Begins Soon
Soon it will be that time of year
again. Historically March and April is severe weather
season here in the northwest Alabama region and
typically during these months we see the increase in
severe thunderstorms, and tornados. Severe weather
though can occur anytime during the year as we witnessed
in January down in Birmingham.
As this spring’s weather season
approaches there are a few reminders I would like to
pass on to the public about planning and preparedness.
All disasters are local. You will hear that from FEMA on
down through out the emergency management profession.
What does that mean – what is local? Well essentially
disasters affect individuals, families, neighbors,
businesses, and communities. For an individual local
equates to how far you can reach and affect your
situation for a community it is pretty much the same. A
disaster is an event that impacts livelihoods to the
extent that outside assistance is needed to respond and
It takes individual and community
efforts to respond and recover from disasters. Part of
those efforts should be for individuals, families and
businesses to have a plan and to prepare an emergency
kit. There are many resources available for people and
businesses to prepare and plan for hazards whether those
hazards are natural or man-made. On the internet there
are sites such as
www.ready.gov, there is
www.fema.gov, and of course there is also our
Florence/Lauderdale EMA website at
www.florencelauderdaleema.org which has all of these
links and many more.
If you have a plan and work on
preparing an emergency kit you will greatly assist in
the response and recovery efforts if we were to face a
disaster here in Florence or Lauderdale County. As you
will see from the different literature on preparation
and disasters you should prepare yourself, your family
and/or your business to sustain yourself for three days.
Depending on the magnitude of any disaster it could take
at least that long to marshal resources and efforts in
an affected area and begin the process of restoring
vital services to the community.
Emergency management is essentially
communication and coordination based on plans and
preparation. Increase your chances of minimizing a
disaster’s impact on you, your family, and your
livelihood by taking the time now to consider what
hazards we face and talking with your family and
business associates about what plans you have to
overcome the unforeseen impacts of nature and man.