Jackson County EMA encourages severe weather preparedness amid hurricane

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT)- We don't feel the full impact of hurricanes here in the Valley, though we get plenty of rain. Severe weather occurring nearby, is a good reminder to everyone the importance of being prepared.

Hurricanes are seen days before they hit. But for those of us in the Tennessee Valley, severe weather can pop up rapidly. This time of year Emergency Management Officials fear that people in the Tennessee Valley can become complacent when it comes to being prepared for severe weather.

It's common knowledge in the Tennessee Valley that tornado season typically begins in March or early spring. What people don't always realize, is hurricane season can spur severe weather as well. Jackson County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Felix Jackson says we are about to enter our second tornado season.

"That's because of hurricane season. We're not going to get directly affected by those hurricane winds, but they can spin up tornadoes. And those tornadoes can actually come up this far, you know it changes our entire weather pattern," says Jackson.

Hurricane Patricia isn't expected to cause any harm in the Tennessee Valley, WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Jake Reed says there will likely be some light rain midweek. However, EMA Officials encourage people to always have a plan, and know where the nearest shelters are.

"We want to make sure that everyone is prepared, from preparedness classes that we do at the schools, to you know the hospitals, nursing homes, any of that. You know, anything that we can do to help, we hope that people won't hesitate to ask us," adds Jackson.

Emergency Management Officials train all year, and hope to inspire everyone to do the same.