Severe Weather Survival: Part II

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For most people in the Wiregrass, staying home during severe weather is a norm. In the case of a hurricane, inland flooding is the biggest danger.

Therefore, emergency management officials want to share some tips to keep you safe while riding out the storm.

Since the Alabama Emergency Management Agency has been instructed to evacuate fewer people this season, they're in the process of targeting who will need to go and when.

The criteria they're using are roads that flood and all those who live along those roads will be alerted.

However, for the majority of people who stay in their homes, there are several key things to remember.

Houston County EMA Director Clark Matthews said, "Turn your TV up wherever you are, or your radio, whatever source of media you use. But first make sure you take cover before you do that."

You’ll also want to unplug your most sensitive electric appliances. And, if there are any downed lines near you, do not touch them because they could be live.

Since Hurricane Katrina, one of the biggest concerns between emergency officials and the public is communication.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is distributing software programs to local EMAs, which can send email alerts and text messages to your phone.

They recommend you subscribe to receive these instant messages.

Emergency officials say this is especially useful to the hearing impaired. You can register to be a part of this program as early as today, by calling your county's emergency management agency.

All the numbers registered will remain within the EMA and will not be distributed.

FEMA has also developed a new program to send alerts and information directly to the media, using a weather radio. This will be especially useful when phones or other electronics are not working.