Winter Weather Awareness Week

November 13th through 18th is Winter Weather Awareness week in Alabama (Winter Weather Awareness Day in Tennessee is the 15th). This week won’t feel like winter, but the mild and dry conditions will make it easy to prepare yourself for when winter gets underway.

Winter weather comes in many forms, from extreme cold to blizzards. The National Weather Service will issue advisories, watches, and warnings based on the situation. Below is a guide to the criteria that the National Weather Service in Huntsville uses to issue advisories and warnings:

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To be prepared ahead of time you should have a plan for winter weather both at home and on the go. It’s recommended that you keep the following items at home in case you can’t leave due to winter weather:

  • NOAA weather radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency supply of food and water
  • Emergency heating equipment able heat at least one room

Keep your furry friends in mind during cold snaps too by making sure pets have adequate shelter or are kept inside with you.

Traveling during winter is pretty common since so many major holidays come in winter. Be prepared for dangerous driving conditions, being stranded with your car, or even walking to nearby shelter. The following items can help you stay safe:

  • Blanket and coat
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water and nonperishable food
  • Ice Scraper
  • Cell phone charger

You should always keep an emergency kit in you car, but it’s also very important that you check the forecast for places you’ll be travelling through as well.

Finally, always stay informed! Download the Live Alert 19 app so you can stay up to date on the latest forecast, receive alerts, check the radar, and more.