Potential Severe Weather, Safer Places and COVID-19

With the impending severe weather expected early tomorrow morning and while we are still practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind everyone that the protocol for the activation of Safer Places in Elmore County will remain unchanged. We will notify the Safer Places when Elmore County is under a tornado watch/ warning or when the tropical storm warning winds reach sustained winds of 20+ mph. Then, each Safer Place can respond if they will be able to open or not. Elmore County EMA will post updates during each event as Safer Places activate and open. You can stay informed of these updates through the EMA app, website or social media feeds.

The decision to open a Safer Place in Elmore County is always made by the individual facility. Safer Places will be provided the latest recommendations regarding COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Should a Safer Place be opened, individuals utilizing the facility will be asked to follow the same CDC and ADPH guidelines that are in effect the day of the event.

Should you have questions regarding the Safer Places program, please contact the Elmore County EMA office at 334-567-6451 or email ecema@elmoreco.org.