Before severe weather next hits, consider downloading emergency app

Severe weather is nothing new to those of us living in West Alabama. During emergencies, meteorologists and local emergency management agencies provide the public with life-saving information quickly.

WVUA 23 Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott said it’s important that people have more than one way to get emergency information and warnings, especially when storms are expected overnight. Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency Director Nick Lolley agrees.

“Television is a great source for us, especially watching the meteorologist we have. They are very good in our area but at night time but if you are laying in bed, the phone is all you have,” said Lolley.

If you live in Tuscaloosa County, TuscALERT is a mass notification system that provides critical alerts on a variety of situations across the county. TuscALERT is just one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively warn residents about serious emergencies.

When a tornado watch or warning is issued, WVUA 23 meteorologists work alongside local emergency management teams to track storms and send out updated information.

“Every disaster is different and there are many steps that people should always take to stay safe – and staying informed is one of them,” said meteorologist Taylor Plott.  “Most people don’t think about planning for a disaster until it’s too late.”

TuscALERTs can be received through any phone, but you can also get text or email notifications. The service is free.

To receive alerts, you must provide your contact information and subscribe to customized notifications based on your location.  Your information is protected and will never be sold to any third party.

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