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Each year thousands of Americans are affected by spring weather. Alabama is no exception and certainly has some of the wildest spring weather events. More people die each year due to flash floods (90) than from tornadoes (55-60).

Flooded streams and low-lying areas are especially dangerous because of two factors:
  1. people tend to underestimate the power of water
  2. the depth of the water can not always be determined
Did you know that 12 inches of rushing water could sweep away small cars and water only six inches deep can sweep a person off of their feet?
Turn around don’t drown!

Read more on Spring Weather Safety >>
Earth Week logoWhen: Tue, April 11 11am-1pm
Where: Campus Green
UAB's 4th annual Earth Week Festival will include educational booths, environmental and local organizations, green workplace and lifestyle vendors, electric cars, food trucks, free screenprintings with UAB Art Dept. if you bring an old t-shirt, and games to win cool prizes.

UAB Sustainability are coordinating events each day during Earth Week. See the Earth Week Celebration page for more information.
FEMA have working smoke alarmsIt is almost time to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time.

When setting your clock ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12, make sure your smoke alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. It is also a great time to check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies.

A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer instructions, and follow these tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:
  • Smoke alarm powered by a nine-volt battery - Test the alarm monthly. Replace the batteries at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long-life”) battery - Test the alarm monthly. Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer's instructions and dispose of it properly at a household hazardous waste site or by sending it back to the manufacturer.
  • Smoke alarm that is hardwired into your home's electrical system - Test the alarm monthly. Replace the backup battery at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.
Replace any of your emergency supplies that will expire within the next six months and use the old supplies before they expire. Some examples of items that can expire are:
  • Water
  • Food
  • Prescription medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Batteries
For more information on emergency supplies, visit Ready.gov.