Local EMA braces for severe weather threat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Local emergency management agencies are preparing to respond to the severe weather threat.

The Jefferson County EMA says they are monitoring the situation carefully and will be fully staffed in case of severe weather.

“We’re responsible, we’re responsive every day of the year, so the fact that it’s over the holiday season is concerning, because it is over the holiday and we may have some out of town people here, but we do recommend that everybody stay tuned in,” said Jefferson Co. EMA Director Jim Coker.

Tuesday was a foggy, hazy day around the Magic City, and although shoppers were out doing last-minute errands, many had weather on their minds.

“I like to go out and sit out at the fire with my family, and if it’s going to be storming out, that’s nothing i’m going to be looking forward to,” said Nolan Lyda.

Alabama Power tells WIAT 42 News they will have staff on standby–just in case the weather gets rough.

EMA officials say they want everyone to stay weather aware over the next few days, even through the holiday hustle and bustle.

“It’d be much better to think about it as the year nothing happened than as the year I was not prepared for it and something happened,” Coker said.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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