Tornado Safe Room

By WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Beasley

Blue skies and warm sunshine make for a beautiful afternoon, but a few days from now, West Alabama weather may get dangerous.

Residents in Tuscaloosa know tornadoes are no joke. Right now, the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency is expecting winds around 70mph sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday.

EMA Director Nick Lolley said even though these warnings happen often, they should always be taken seriously.

“We get kinda numb to them,” said Lolley. “Just treat every one of them like it is gonna happen.”

There are 24 storm shelters all across Tuscaloosa County, and they are all listed on the Tuscaloosa EMA website. Some shelters are pet-friendly, while others are not.

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for an emergency, Lolley said.

“I would have my errands done Friday night,” he said. “I wouldn’t be out Saturday morning.”

Home storm shelters can be registered on the Tuscaloosa EMA website. Registering does not make the shelter open to the public, but it does help first-responders know where to find survivors in case there is tornado damage. Registering is optional.

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