Current Weather Statement
Monday, October 13, 2014 4 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a WIND ADVISORY for Central Alabama from 1 p.m. CDT this afternoon to 7 a.m. CDT on Tuesday. In addition to the JSU campus, this includes the following counties:
MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN- CHEROKEE-CLEBURNE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR- TALLADEGA-CLAY-RANDOLPH-SUMTER-GREENE-HALE-PERRY-BIBB-CHILTON- COOSA-TALLAPOOSA-CHAMBERS-MARENGO-DALLAS-AUTAUGA-LOWNDES-ELMORE- MONTGOMERY-MACON-BULLOCK-LEE-RUSSELL-PIKE-BARBOUR- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMILTON...SULLIGENT...VERNON... FAYETTE...DOUBLE SPRINGS...JASPER...ONEONTA...GADSDEN... ANNISTON...CENTRE...HEFLIN...CARROLLTON...TUSCALOOSA... BIRMINGHAM...HOOVER...COLUMBIANA...PELHAM...ALABASTER... PELL CITY...MOODY...TALLADEGA...SYLACAUGA...ASHLAND...ROANOKE... LIVINGSTON...EUTAW...GREENSBORO...MOUNDVILLE...MARION... CENTREVILLE...CLANTON...ROCKFORD...ALEXANDER CITY...DADEVILLE... VALLEY...LANETT...LAFAYETTE...DEMOPOLIS...LINDEN...SELMA... PRATTVILLE...FORT DEPOSIT...HAYNEVILLE...WETUMPKA...TALLASSEE... MONTGOMERY...TUSKEGEE...UNION SPRINGS...AUBURN...OPELIKA... PHENIX CITY...TROY...EUFAULA
Sustained winds of 18-22 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph are possible, especially in higher terrain and on area lakes. Strong winds could knock down weak limbs and power lines and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Please use extra caution when traveling.
Additional Information From the Calhoun County EMA—
The National Weather Service is predicting possible severe weather Monday night and Tuesday morning. This will be the first significant system of our fall severe weather season. Here is what we know:
· The timing for the squall line to affect Calhoun County has been moved up to a 11 pm – 6 am window beginning late tonight.
· Our primary threat with this system remains damaging winds associated with the squall line later tonight and into early tomorrow morning. Some localized flooding may also occur.
· The most significant threat area for isolated supercells remains in the western half of the state in the 3 pm – 8 pm window. These westernmost counties are under a ‘moderate’ risk. Calhoun County remains under a ‘slight’ risk.
· As of right now, the isolated supercells, if any develop over Mississippi and western Alabama, are not expected to make it to our part of the state. However, keep an eye on any cells that do develop late this afternoon over counties just to our West.
· A Wind Advisory has been issued from 1 pm through 7 am tomorrow morning. Sustained winds of 18-22 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are possible this afternoon and overnight.
· For the latest forecast and graphics, please visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/
How will I be notified during Severe Weather and Other Campus Emergencies?
JSU Emergency Notification Methods
The following methods may be used to notify the campus community of various emergencies that may impact students, staff, and faculty on Jacksonville State University Campus.
The JSU Emergency Alert System is JSU's emergency mass notification system that is capable of sending thousands of messages within minutes by emailing, text messaging and phone calls. The system will only be used when there is a severe threat to public safety and health of the entire campus that has not been contained or controlled and when immediate action is required. The JSU Emergency Alert System phone number reflected on your caller I.D. will be 256-782-8558. Program this number into your phone so you will immediately recognize it as coming from JSU Emergency Alert System.
JSU has outdoor tornado warning sirens that are activated by the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency during tornado warnings for the county. The outdoor tornado sirens are only intended to be heard by persons who are located outdoors.
JSU campus-wide e-mail notification system will send follow-up statements to all faculty, staff and students on campus concerning campus-wide general announcements, school closures, and inclement weather.
JSU Home page - Jacksonville State University's official Web site for weather closings and emergency event information (www.jsu.edu).
NOAA Weather Radio - Provides 24/7 all-hazard watches and warnings for incidents
such as floods, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms, train derailments, AMBER alerts and terrorist attacks.
http://www.wunderground.com - Weather related Internet sites that are capable of sending email updates for your specific zip codes by subscribing to the sites.
RSS Feed - Subscribe to receive updates via RSS either through GEM or athttp://rss.blackboardconnect.com/181884/JSUAlerts/feed.xml
• Call the JSU Police at (256) 782-6000 or 911 for all campus emergencies
• For non-emergencies, call JSU Police at (256) 782-5050
• Go to www.jsu.edu for more information during an emergency
• Program (866) 665-4384 into your cell phone as "JSU Emergency Alert System" to recognize calls from JSU Emergency Alert System
Jacksonville State University encourages all students, faculty and staff to update their emergency contact number(s) in the JSU Emergency Alert System, the University's primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. JSU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies. JSU Emergency Alert allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages via phone, text message, e-mail, and social media. Both voice and text messages may be sent to cell phones.
Other than periodic tests, this system will ONLY be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the JSU community.
Some Types of Messages and Their Explanation
|Emergency Message||Explanation of Message|
|JSU campus-wide emergency. Do not enter the campus. If you are at JSU, lock yourself into a room immediately. Everything is cancelled. Wait for additional instructions.||There is a very serious emergency on campus. Do not enter the campus. Classes and all activities are cancelled. There is a serious threat to your safety on the campus.|
|JSU building emergency at _____________. Leave that area immediately. Go to ___________. If you are off campus, do not enter the campus. Wait for additional instructions.||There may be an incident such as a bomb threat to a specific location. Or a hazardous material spill, fire, or a condition requiring immediate action. The location will be included in the message.|
|JSU attention: An emergency condition exists. Wait for additional instructions. Go to http://www.jsu.edu/news for more information.||This is a general emergency alert notice. It will be used for conditions like flooding or a utility failure. It may also be used for an emergency near JSU that may affect us.|
|JSU severe weather warning. Wait for additional instructions. (Tornado Warning -Seek Tornado Shelter Immediately)||A severe weather warning has been issued for Calhoun County. This includes warnings for thunderstorms, severe winds, blizzards, tornados, etc. A location will be included in the message, such as the "basement."|
|CSEPP Alert-Follow instructions from building manager or tune to local radio for instructions Wait for additional instructions. (Seek Shelter or evacuate area)||Chemical accident has been reported by the Anniston Army Depot. Area residents may shelter in place or follow evacuation procedures. On campus shelters are top floor of the Library or Leon Cole Auditorium.|
|JSU emergency is over. All clear. Emergency is over. Go to http://www.jsu.edu/news for more information.||This message is sent when the emergency condition is over.|
|JSU emergency alert system test. This is a test of the JSU Emergency Warning System. No action is needed.||This test message will be sent when the system is tested. This will be at least once per quarter or more frequently as needed.|
Instructions on how to add or change cell phone information for JSU Alert (the Emergency Notification System)