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Mayor Encourages Preparations for Severe Weather

By Sam Poe
Friday, April 25, 2014 | 12:04 AM

With great potential for hazardous weather in the Haleyville area late Sunday night through the early hours of Tuesday, Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri has issued a statement to help Haleyville citizens prepare for the severe weather event. Although this expected severe weather is still several days away, now is the time to prepare! Do not be caught unprepared and susceptible to undue stress, and make sure you have a source of credible weather information that will wake you during the overnight hours if severe weather is approaching your home or workplace. Here is more helpful information from Mayor Ken Sunseri. 


The City of Haleyville monitors several weather outlets on a daily basis; however, we are not weathermen, and unexpected weather events can occur at any time. Our main goal is the safety of our citizens but we have limited capabilities to utilize during inclement weather. We will do our best to keep everyone informed during periods of severe weather. Please monitor reliable sources of weather information including your radio, credible websites, weather radios, and television for information when this situation arises. 

The following information is a guideline that you may use to ensure your safety.

  • Keep your vehicles filled with fuel. Keep a blanket or extra clothing in your vehicle. Have a flashlight and first aid kit in your vehicle. It is also necessary to keep snacks and bottled water in your vehicle. Keep your cell phone charged, but avoid unnecessary calls that will overload cell towers.
  • Keep flashlights and extra batteries at home in case of a power outage. 
  • Get all medication refilled before the chance of a severe weather event. If there is a loss of power be prepared to move to a shelter.

Summer is an especially important time to keep an eye on seniors to make sure they are living as safely as possible. In addition to hot weather, rain and flooding can bring health problems and injury to senior citizens. That’s why it’s important for relatives and friends to check in with their older adult family members, friends and neighbors. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Falls are a concern for senior citizens. It could be beneficial for seniors to wear boots with non-skid soles to make a fall less likely to occur. Warm temperatures make senior citizens susceptible to heat stroke and/or a dangerous increase in body temperature.  Learn the warning signs of this weather related illness and how to prevent it. 

It’s a good idea to check on elderly loved ones regularly or, if you live out of town, make arrangements for neighbors to check in and provide their number to call in an emergency. With your help, older adults can enjoy the summer months safely.

Water is an essential element for survival and a necessary item in an emergency kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination or loss of power. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet you and your family’s needs during an emergency.  You should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Keep in mind, however, individual needs may vary depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.

The City of Haleyville will take all precautions necessary to keep you safe and advised of adverse weather conditions.

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