FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 30, 2014
Clanton—As the State of Alabama continues to thaw out from the worst winter storm in twenty years, here is a breakdown of resources mobilized to assist residents in the affected communities.
• There are 5 casualties attributed to the storm
• There are 54 injuries attributed to the storm
• There are 1180 state employees (peak 2142) to include the Alabama National Guard mobilized.
• The Alabama Department of Education reports all remaining students and faculty at schools requesting assistance have been transported home
• The Alabama National Guard is utilizing up to 9 heavy duty wreckers to move stranded vehicles to the shoulder of the road
• There are 13 public safety and security agencies deployed providing four wheel drive assets and Trooper assistance
• There are 14 shelters open as of Wednesday night, serving 300 occupants
• There are Warming Stations in 8 counties
• There are 2377 customers without electricity
• The Emergency Operations Center remains activated at level 2
Abandoned vehicles should be retrieved only when temperatures are above freezing and life safety is not in jeopardy. For the latest on winter Storm Leon visit ema.alabama.gov or follow @AlabamaEMA on Twitter.