Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency

Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency Info on emergency management, mitigation, preparedness, response & recovery operations in JeffCo, AL.

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It's National School Bus Safety Week (Oct 17-21)!  This morning, at the Alabama School Safety Task Force training sessio...

It's National School Bus Safety Week (Oct 17-21)! This morning, at the Alabama School Safety Task Force training session at Thompson High School, Chad Carpenter, Program Administrator of Pupil Transportation with the Alabama Dept. of Education, presented us with some great information on school bus safety. Here are some facts about school buses in Alabama.
Remember to thank your child's school bus driver for getting them to and from school safety! If anyone is wanting a job as a school bus driver, check with your local school district on how you can earn your CDL and Bus Certification and get paid to do it!

We are at Glennwood Fire District Station 1 for their open house and ribbon cutting of their new storm shelter! There ar...

We are at Glennwood Fire District Station 1 for their open house and ribbon cutting of their new storm shelter! There are all types of activities for children, door prizes, and FREE food! Come see us today until 2:00!

Happy 247th birthday, Navy!

Happy 247th birthday, Navy!

On watch, 24/7. 247 years.

To all Sailors past, present, and future, your enduring ability to remain fully ready to respond to and deter emergent threats keeps America safe.

, U.S. Navy!

Our siren test is now complete! Did you hear a siren?Help us out by taking this short one minute survey! ➡️

Our siren test is now complete! Did you hear a siren?

Help us out by taking this short one minute survey!


It’s the first Wednesday of the month!Do you know what that means? We are testing our sirens TODAY at 10 am 📢If you are ...

It’s the first Wednesday of the month!

Do you know what that means? We are testing our sirens TODAY at 10 am 📢

If you are out and about this morning, at home, or at work, take some time to listen around 10 am. Come back here at let us know if you DID or DIDNT hear a siren during the test time frame.

*Reminder that our outdoor warning sirens are only meant to be heard outdoors. Sirens shouldnt be a your first line of defense for warning about tornadoes.*

If you hear a siren this morning, it is just a test!

30 Days 30 Ways Day 25: Vehicle and Travel PreparednessPlan long trips carefully and listen to the radio or television f...

30 Days 30 Ways Day 25: Vehicle and Travel Preparedness

Plan long trips carefully and listen to the radio or television for up-to-date weather forecasts and road conditions. In bad weather drive only if absolutely necessary.

➡️Emergency Kit for the Car
In case you are stranded, keep an emergency supply kit in your car with these automobile extras:

Jumper cables
Flares or reflective triangle
Ice scraper
Car cell phone charger
Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction)

➡️Prepare Your Car for Emergencies
Have a mechanic check the following on your car before an emergency:

Antifreeze levels
Battery and ignition system
Exhaust system
Fuel and air filters
Heater and defroster
Lights and flashing hazard lights
Windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level

➡️Car Safety Tips
Keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing.

Do not drive through flooded areas. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.
Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock. Stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

If it becomes hard to control the car, pull over, stop the car and set the parking brake.

30 Days 30 Ways Day 24: Preparing Your Shelter Space Within Your HomeOne of our most frequent hazards in our area is sev...

30 Days 30 Ways Day 24: Preparing Your Shelter Space Within Your Home

One of our most frequent hazards in our area is severe weather. Do you know where to go when we go under a warning?

TIP ❶: Be prepared.

The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with the following items:

Fresh batteries and a battery-operated radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information

A tornado emergency plan including access to a safe shelter for yourself, your family, people with special needs, and your pets

An emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication)

A list of important information, including telephone numbers

Be sure your children know what a tornado is, what tornado watches and warnings are, what county they live in, and what makes a location a safe shelter, whether at home or at school.

TIP ❷: Stay aware of weather conditions.

To protect yourself and your loved ones from harm during a tornado, pay close attention to changing weather conditions in your area.

If you know thunderstorms are expected, stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or a NOAA weather radio station for further weather information.

TIP ❸: Know where to shelter.

Falling and flying debris causes most injuries and deaths during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway). Put as many walls between you and the outside. If you live in a mobile home, it is best that you seek shelter in a sturdier building. A list of public shelters within our county can be found on our website at

If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows.

For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.

If you are outside or in a mobile home, find a nearby building, preferably with a basement. If you are in a car, do not try to outrun a tornado, but instead find the nearest sturdy building.

No one can know a tornado’s strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecasted.

Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors.

30 Days 30 Ways Day 23: Preparedness for Older Adults and CaregiversOlder adults face many more obstacles during an emer...

30 Days 30 Ways Day 23: Preparedness for Older Adults and Caregivers

Older adults face many more obstacles during an emergency than most people: isolation, limited mobility, medical needs, and distrust. Sometimes, seniors rely on a single relative as their main caregiver. But emergencies can happen at any time, and that usual person may not be there. It is important to have a list of other people you can call on and know how to get hold of them.

➡️Make a List of People Who Can Help

Create a chain of contacts. Assign who will contact who during an emergency. Enlist family, friends, and neighbors, if necessary, but do not leave it all to one person. If the one person on the list is injured or incapacitated, you may be left stranded. Keep your list of helpers in your emergency kit.

There are many communication apps available. Choose one or two, then ask the family and friends on your emergency contact list to download these same apps. They can be used to communicate with each other when phone lines or internet service is down.

➡️Be Sure Your Medical Information is Available

If you have a medical condition, you may choose to wear a medical alert bracelet or pendant. This could save your life, especially if you are a diabetic or allergic to specific medications, etc. Any of the medical alert jewelry that is available today could help first responders treat you properly in case you are unable to give or tell them your medical history.

➡️There are Things You Need to Take with You if You Leave Your Home

Before an emergency arises, write down a list of everything it takes for you to stay healthy. Include your doctor’s and pharmacy name and contact information, a list of medications any medical devices and medications. Then let the people on your contact list know where the list will be in case you need it.

One thing you will need is a kit with all the items you need to survive for a minimum of 72 hours.

Cash. The general rule of thumb is to have at least enough cash to pay for 30 days of essential living expenses. The amount depends on how much your critical expenses are. This usually includes a mortgage, electricity bill, phone bill, water bill, gas bill, etc. A better idea is to have your bills on auto-pay - then you may not have to worry about this issue unless there is a widespread power outage in your part of the country. Be sure you have at least some of your cash in small bills and some coins in case you need it for toll booths or for buying groceries and supplies.

Everyone can take steps to prepare for the kinds of emergencies that are the most likely where they live. In Louisiana those include hurricanes, flooding, fires and more. Sometimes the danger is known well ahead of time, and you have time to prepare. Other times, you must react now. When that happens, you need to know who to call for help.

30 Days 30 Ways Day 22: Digital Disaster PreparednessThrough the use of everyday technology, we can prepare for, adapt t...

30 Days 30 Ways Day 22: Digital Disaster Preparedness

Through the use of everyday technology, we can prepare for, adapt to, and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters.

With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs. There are a number of ways to become "tech ready" to include your cell phones, important records, and social media.

➡️Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply). To sign up to receive monthly preparedness tips: Text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) To unsubscribe (at any time): Text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)

To learn what other lists are available: Text INFO to 43362 (4FEMA)

➡️Download the FEMA App
Download the FEMA App to access disaster preparedness tips, build your personal emergency kit, and look for open Disaster Recovery Centers along with open shelters.

➡️Bookmark Your Browsers
Bookmark useful websites so that you don’t have to go searching for them in a disaster.

➡️Follow emergency management agencies (like us), local officials, and news organizations on social media as another way to stay informed during an emergency.

➡️Notification Systems
Sign up for Everbridge on our website at

➡️Further Steps for Your Cell Phone
Keep your contacts updated across all of your channels, including phone, email and social media. This will make it easy to reach out to the right people quickly to get information and supply updates.

Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your cell phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications aren’t available. Text messages and the internet often have the ability to work in the event of a phone service disruption.

Program "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you are unable to use your phone.

If you are evacuated and have call-forwarding on your home phone, forward your home phone number to your cell phone number. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if needed during or after a disaster.

➡️Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in a password-protected area in the Cloud or on a secure flash drive.

➡️Remember important documents, such as:
Personal and property insurance
Identification: Driver's license/passport (for family members, as well)
Banking information
Your pet's veterinary medical records

➡️Sign up for Direct Deposit and electronic banking through your financial institution so you can access your payroll funds and make electronic payments regardless of location.


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Any updates on the senior gentleman in Irondale that is missing?
Anyone know why the tornado sirens are going off in Bessemer?
Thank you for all you do to keep us safe during bad weather. I signed up to be notified several different ways. I'm not complaining but is there a reason you call me at 6:00a.m. to notify me of a freeze taking place 18 hours later? Could you not call at 8:00 or 9:00. It's not an emergency. Thanks!!
I received your weather alert message by phone at 4:00 am this morning. WHY so early for an event that will possibly happen in ajpprox 17 hours?
Hey yall I heard the siren this morning a little after 9:00 am in Irondale. Thanks for your great help!!
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Ok guys! If you are in charge of the Emergency Broadcast System is there anyway you can get word to change the voice on the recording. It sounds like Satan and scares so many people! Thank you!

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