Governor Issues Statewide State of Emergency in Preparation for Severe Weather

April 4, 2017

MONTGOMERY –The Governor on Tuesday declared a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather moving through Alabama on Wednesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a significant threat of severe weather to include destructive and long-track tornadoes, hail up to baseball size and damaging straight line winds for several counties.

The National Weather Service predicts that this long duration weather event could contain two or three waves of scattered storms. This statewide State of Emergency is effective as of Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

“The State of Emergency is a precautionary measure to ensure state resources are on standby and are ready to assist impacted communities should the need arise.

The Governor ordered the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton activated to level three. This level of activation will allow AEMA staff to monitor the impact of the severe weather as it crosses the state. In addition, 50 National Guard soldiers will be activated for preparation and response operations.

“Based on the forecast and prediction of the National Weather Service Offices for Alabama, individuals should prepare for the potential of multiple rounds of severe weather tomorrow,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Art Faulkner said. “The Governor’s State of Emergency will enable all state agencies to be ready to carry out the State Emergency Operations Plan, if and when required.

The State of Emergency will be effective at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening and will remain in effect until the threat diminishes.

A copy of the Governor’s State of Emergency can be found here.