Even though we live inland a few hundred miles we can still have issues associated with hurricanes. The biggest problem with hurricanes in our part of central Alabama is spin-off tornadoes. Each year the National Weather Service promotes National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This year National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13.

UAB Emergency Management encourages everyone to make sure you are prepared for hurricanes, high winds, spin–off tornadoes, and flooding. To help with your preparedness efforts, UAB Emergency Management has prepared checklists that you can take with you to the store to help gather the supplies needed. Also, the National Weather Service has additional information where you can determine your risk, developing an evacuation plan, strengthening your home, and other important information.

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!

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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.