Hurricane Preparedness Week—Stay informed

There’s no other way to say it: Stay informed during a hurricane or any severe weather event. Knowing what’s going on can save lives.

There are multiple weather sources available. Here are just a few:




  • Spinks Megginson’s RedZone Weather—meteorologist out of Brewton, Ala., who forecasts the northwest Florida/lower Alabama area; goes live on Facebook during tornado warnings
  • Mike’s Weather Page/—hurricane hobbyist with a LARGE following; source for all things hurricane


  • NOAA Weather
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • RZWeather
  • FEMA
  • WeatherUnderground
  • AccuWeather
  • The Weather Channel
  • WeatherBug


Regardless of its current challenges under new ownership, Twitter is still the best source of immediate information. During severe weather, the NWS and other government agencies tweet real-time information on their Twitter sites. Facebook, while more popular, doesn’t allow for emergencies; those posting too quickly—or “moving too fast” as Facebook calls it—will be blocked (aka “Facebook timeout”) for a period of time.

Get a Twitter account and follow National Weather Service Mobile’s IEMBot Mob Twitter account for real-time information such as alerts, watches and warnings.

Use text messages, social media and email to connect with friends and family during emergencies rather than making a phone call. Mobile networks can become overwhelmed during emergencies making cell phone calls difficult. Text messages use less bandwidth and can get through when phone calls can’t.

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