Gov. Ivey encourages residents to prepare for severe weather

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ALABAMA (WKRG) — Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) are urging Alabama residents to prepare for potential severe weather moving through the state Saturday night into Sunday. 

“With the looming threat of severe weather, I urge citizens across the state to stay weather-aware and to adhere to warnings from local officials,” Governor Ivey said. “Alabamians know how unpredictable our weather systems can be; so, it’s important for all of us to be vigilant. Our team on the state level will continue closely monitoring the situation.”

The governor ordered the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton to activate to level three effective at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13. This level of activation will allow AEMA staff to monitor the impact of the severe weather as it crosses the state.

“The time for Alabama residents to prepare is now. While we never know exactly what Mother Nature will deliver, it is important for citizens to know a potential threat exits,” Alabama EMA Director Brian Hastings said. “As residents review their emergency kits and plans, it is important for everyone to ensure they received the latest forecast and can receive weather alerts, especially while sleeping, so families have time to make critical decisions.”

The governor and Director Hastings are reminding people across the state to listen to local authorities and to have a way to receive weather updates. Be sure to download the News 5 weather app for details on the storm. 

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