Tuscaloosa Emergency Management Agency prepares for Ida
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Michaela Redmond
The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency is expecting Tuscaloosa to be impacted from hurricane IDA.
The EMA is predicting flooding from heavy rain and tornado watches that could turn into tornado warnings.
Tamara Croom, Deputy Director of EMA, said EMA is hoping everyone will get a plan in place and stresses the importance of being weather ready.
“We have been told that flooding is expected with the heavy rain that we will be receiving and we do stress the importance of being weather ready,” said Croom. “The winds will be strong so go ahead and move those trash cans in, any patio furniture, go ahead and move them in that way they don’t turn into a weapon.”
In the event of a tornado watch, EMA will recommend that Tuscaloosa shelters open for the public.
“If we are under a tornado watch we will, EMA, recommend that our shelters do open and we are projected to be under a watch,” said Croom.
EMA is currently following the storm through the national weather service and local meteorologists.
“We’re ready and if it seems that we need to activate sooner than expected then that’s what we’re going to do,” said Croom.