Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency

Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency


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Any updates on the senior gentleman in Irondale that is missing?
Anyone know why the tornado sirens are going off in Bessemer?
Thank you for all you do to keep us safe during bad weather. I signed up to be notified several different ways. I'm not complaining but is there a reason you call me at 6:00a.m. to notify me of a freeze taking place 18 hours later? Could you not call at 8:00 or 9:00. It's not an emergency. Thanks!!
I received your weather alert message by phone at 4:00 am this morning. WHY so early for an event that will possibly happen in ajpprox 17 hours?
Hey yall I heard the siren this morning a little after 9:00 am in Irondale. Thanks for your great help!!
Possible inclement weather approaching, are you prepared??
SteelSafe Shelters
Are you ready for storm season?Call me..
Ok guys! If you are in charge of the Emergency Broadcast System is there anyway you can get word to change the voice on the recording. It sounds like Satan and scares so many people! Thank you!

Information on emergency management, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in J

Operating as usual


*7/21/22 8:11 PM*

Jefferson County has been removed from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 07/21/2022

*7/21/2022 4:00 PM*

Jefferson County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11:00 PM tonight. Stay weather aware!


A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 10:00 PM. A Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorm development. It is important to stay weather aware until the watch concludes.

Attending TWG events? Plan ahead and stay weather aware. For updates on TWG events, go to:

Text 'TWGALERT' to 888-777 for alerts and weather information.


Sports are your craft, weather is ours. Our team is monitoring and forecasting the weather to make sure everyone crosses the finish line safely! Find Birmingham area weather information on our social media and online at


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Stay up-to-date on World Games 2022 security perimeters at


Due to The World Games 2022 and large contingencies of international visitors, we will not be conducting our test of the outdoor warning sirens today. Our next regularly scheduled test will be August 3rd, 2022.

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 07/01/2022

“ ‘Twas the weekend before The World Games,
And all through the ops floor,
Not a person was stirring,
Not even to explore.

The vests were hung,
On the backs of the chairs,
In hopes that The World Games soon would be there…”



JeffCo is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 PM.

Hail, Heavy rain that could produce flash flooding, Wind and frequent lightning are all possible with any storms that develop within the watch area.

It is important that you stay weather aware this evening.


Per City of Leeds, Alabama, the following roads are impassable:

-Julian Drive
-Hwy 78 @ Vivian Street
-Hwy 119 @ Southern Trace subdivision
-Hwy 79 from 9th Street to Hwy 25

There is also standing water on many surface streets. Please avoid these areas!


Please be aware of potential flooding today in the following areas:

-Fairway Drive
-Mountain Brook Parkway
-Cahaba Road near Culver Road(Entry to Hwy 280/Red Mountain Expressway)
-Canterbury Church area near Creek


As many of you get ready to begin your morning commute, we want to remind you to be very cautious and to give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Never drive through flooded roadways. Turn around, don't drown!



Flash Flood Warning has been EXTENDED for Jefferson County until 8am. Significant flooding has already occurred in the metro area, and will continue with this new round of storms.
The morning commute may be messy, everyone.


*6/8/22 2:47 AM*

Jefferson County is under a Flash Flood Warning until 5:45 AM.


Our siren test is now complete! Did you hear a siren?
Help us out by taking this short one minute survey!


We will be testing the outdoor warning sirens today at 10AM! We'll post a link to a short survey just after the test, so that you can let us know whether or not the siren closest to you sounded.


Happy first day of meteorological summer! ☀️

It’s also the first Wednesday of the month. You know what that means? We are testing our sirens TODAY at 10 am 📢

If you hear a siren this morning, it is just a test.


Today our office is closed as we observe Memorial Day. We urge you all to reflect on the lives lost in service to this nation and our freedoms. Keep their memories alive. And if you know someone who was there, who comforted their brother or sister in arms as they took their final breath, reach out to them...check on them. Their Memorial Day is everyday.


We're at Regions Field tonight with many of our partners for the Birmingham Barons 2022 First Responder’s and Severe Weather Awareness Night! Come see us to learn more about:

⚾️How you can receive emergency alerts by phone call, text message, and email
⚾️How to prepare for and stay safe during severe weather
⚾️How to prepare your family and your pets for emergencies

We would love to meet you!


Our siren test is now complete. Did you hear a siren?

Help us out by taking this short one minute survey!


We will be testing the outdoor warning sirens today at 10am. We'll post a link to a short survey just prior to the test so you can provide feedback to us on whether or not the siren closest to you sounded.


The Shelter JeffCo Safer Places Application is now open!

▪ What is a Safer Place?

A Safer Place is a facility that has received the voluntary designation of Safer Place from the Jefferson County EMA through Alabama Act 2021-065. This designation allows a facility to serve as a place of refuge during severe weather, but does not mean that the facility is a FEMA-rated saferoom or community shelter.

▪ Who can apply to be designated as a Safer Place?

Any business, church, community facility, municipal building, or other facility that is open to the public in Jefferson County may apply.

▪ How do I apply?

To apply, visit and fill out the online application.

▪ What do I need to apply?

▪ Three (3) people identified to be 24/7 points of contact for your facility
▪ A signed copy of the Safer Places Guidelines
▪ A signed copy of the Shelter JeffCo Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
▪ At least 3 exterior photos of your facility
▪ Photos of your parking lot and any specifically marked parking areas for persons with disabilities
▪ At least three (3) photos of the room(s) or area(s) that you would like to utilize as the Safer Place
▪ A facility floorplan* that clearly indicates the following:
- Which part(s) of your facility that you would like to utilize as the Safer Place
- What floor of your building that those room(s)/area(s) are on
- Where you would like people to enter and exit your facility
*Please note that this does not have to be a set of blueprints of your facility
▪ Your facility’s severe weather plan (if your facility has one in place)

For more information and to apply, please visit


BPD reported yesterday that Mr. Williams was found SAFE. Thank you for everyone who called in and provided assistance to our public safety partners and bringing this to a successful and happy ending.


On behalf of the Birmingham Police Department, Alabama, the following message was sent out via Everbridge to residences and businesses around a 4 mile radius of 74th Place North, Birmingham. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and other agencies are also assisting in this search.

Birmingham PD requests the assistance of the public in locating 26 year old black male Gregory Williams. Mr. Williams has autism and is unable to speak. He walked away from his home around 4:30 AM in the 4000 block of 74th Place North. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with a cartoon character and either blue or black pants. He has walked as far as Irondale before. If you see Mr. Williams, please contact the BPD at 205-328-9311. Thank you.

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 04/27/2022

11 years ago today, our county, and our state, was devastated by a tornado outbreak of historical proportions. The physical and emotional damage that we endured that day will not go away easily. The physical scars can still be seen across the landscape of our county. We still deal with the emotional scars today, and we continue to mourn those that we lost.

62 tornadoes touched down that day, 6 of them directly impacting Jefferson County.

From all of us at Jefferson County EMA, we will never forget, and we honor the lives of the victims by learning from the April 27th tragedy with the intent of making our county better prepared in the future.

If you are interested, we are live-tweeting the timeline of the events of April 27th, 2011 through our Twitter account, @EMAJeffCoAL

You can also view the US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama commemorative webpage by visiting


[4/14/22 12:21 A.M.]

Jefferson County has been removed from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch.


[4/13/2022 10:18 PM]

Jefferson County has been placed under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 2:00 A.M.

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 04/08/2022

24 years ago today, a violent F5 tornado cut a 31-mile long, 3/4-mile wide swath through several areas of Jefferson County including Oak Grove, Sylvan Springs, Rock Creek, Pleasant Grove, Concord, Maytown, Pratt City, and Edgewater before lifting in the western limits of the City of Birmingham. The worst of the destruction occurred across the Oak Grove, Rock Creek and McDonald Chapel areas. The tornado destroyed over 1000 homes and damaged over 900 more.

Thirty-two people were killed in this tornado including three in Oak Grove, eleven near Rock Creek, four in Sylvan Springs, two in Wylam Heights, nine in Edgewater, two in McDonald Chapel and one in West Ensley.

Today we remember the 32 lives lost, and reflect upon the landscape and lives that were forever changed.


[4/6/22 6:55 PM]

Jefferson County has been removed from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch.


[4/6/22 1:51 PM]

Jefferson County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9:00 PM.


Due to the threat of severe weather today, we will not be testing our outdoor warning sirens.

⚠️Have multiple ways to receive alerts today. You can sign up for FREE alerts for JeffCo here: ⚠️

Have a plan. Know where to go. Be prepared.


Birmingham Police is seeking assistance in locating a critical missing person.

Gregory Williams Jr was last seen on 4/3 in the East Lakes area. He was last seen wearing blue sweatpants, red shirt & house shoes

Williams is Autistic and non-verbal, and likes to be near ponds and lakes.

Contact crime stoppers w/info 205-254-7777

Gregory Williams has been located; he is safe. Thank you everyone!

Critical Missing Person Investigation

Gregory C. Williams Jr.
B/M, 26 Years Old
HGT: 6’0”, WGT: 280lbs

4500 Block of 74th PL N.
Birmingham, AL 35206

Blue sweat pants
Red shirt
House shoes/slippers


The missing person left home on 04/03/2022 and was observed by a neighbor headed Eastbound along 5th Avenue North in the direction of East Lake Park. The missing person has an Autism Society Bracelet, which transmitted his last location around the 7700 block of 4th Ave. N (delayed information). The missing person has autism and is non-verbal.

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Gregory Williams Jr. please contact the Birmingham Police Department’s Special Victims Section at 205-297-8413 or dial 911. If you have additional information on this investigation, contact Crime Stoppers @ 205-254-7777.


[3/31/22 12:26 AM]

Jefferson County has been removed from the Tornado Watch.


[3/30/22 10:08 PM]

There are multiple tornado warnings bordering Jefferson County at this time. We are not currently under any warnings.

If you need to travel to your safe place, the time is now to do so. Do NOT wait until a warning is issued for Jefferson County.

Time to stay vigilant and keep your eyes on the storms.

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 03/30/2022

Several of the community storm shelters in JeffCo have been opened by our city and county partners.

Need a safe place to go? Check the status and locations of our shelters at:

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 03/30/2022

[3/30 @ 5:47 PM]

🚨A tornado watch has been issued for JeffCo until 1 AM.🚨

Be prepared by:
➡️Staying weather aware through the overnight hours
➡️Having multiple ways to receive alerts
➡️Know where to go when you go under a warning
➡️Preparing your shelter area ahead of time

For real time updates from our agency throughout the watch, please refer to our twitter page at:


[3/30/22 5:46 PM]

Jefferson County has been placed under a Tornado Watch until 1:00 AM.

Photos from Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency's post 03/30/2022

⚠️JeffCo is under a moderate risk (level 4/5) for severe weather today for:⚠️

➡️Straight-line winds of 80MPH
➡️Quarter size hail

Its also good to keep in mind that winds ahead of the storms could be also be gusting to 45 MPH!

What can we do to prepare?

First things first:
Get those outdoor items that can turn into projectiles secure ASAP. These items have the possibility of finding a new home due to the gusty winds that are already occurring.


➡️Patio Furniture
➡️Potted/hanging plants
➡️Trash Cans

Next, make sure you are staying aware forecast and staying weather aware through the evening into the overnight hours. The best way you can do this is to stay tuned to our partners at
US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama and our local media partners WBRC FOX6 News ABC 33/40 CBS 42 and WVTM 13.

Have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts/warning information. Having more than one layer of alerting is a key puzzle piece when staying safe from severe weather. Take ALL warnings seriously today.

Lets address a few methods of receiving those emergency alerts/warnings below:

Method 1: Everbridge Emergency Alerts
We provide a FREE emergency alerting service that you can sign up for directly on our website. This sends a phone call directly to your cell phone or landline phone with warning information.
Sign up here:

Method 2: Weather Radio
Wx radios are a reliable method of notification and can be purchased at many department stores. The JeffCo SAME code is 001073. Already have one? Replace those batteries, and hit the snooze button to make sure it is operational!

Method 3: Wireless Emergency Alerts
Most cell phones can receive wireless emergency alerts. Make sure you are enabled to receive alerts within your settings on your cell phone.
Pro Tip: Make sure you do not have "Do Not Disturb" enabled on your phone, as it won’t sound.

Method 4: Stay Tuned to your favorite local TV meteorologist
Our local stations provide fantastic coverage when adverse weather is in the area. You can tune into their broadcast for live coverage that includes detailed warning information!

Method 5: Download an App
There are many applications out there that you can download to receive notifications from. The FEMA app is a simple to use application, or you can download an application from one of your trusted local news sources.

Support Method 1: Sirens
NEVER rely on sirens as a primary means of notification.
Sirens in JeffCo are polygon enabled, meaning ONLY the sirens WITHIN the warning polygon sound. If you hear a siren, you need to seek shelter immediately.

Support Method 2: Social Media
Social media is a great tool to stay up to date on weather info.
Follow trusted sources and enable push notifications on bad weather days so you can get posts in real time. Many trusted sources post warning information that you can use!

Once you receive a warning, you need to know where to go!
The rule of thumb is the lowest floor of your home, and put as many walls between yourself and the outside as possible.

Mobile/Manufactured home residents:
Alternative shelter options would be a family member/neighbors home OR you can utilize one of the shelters across the county.

The shelter locations and their status are on our website at:

If you live in a mobile/manufactured home you should find an alternative shelter location.

The final step is to prep your shelter space/go bag and make sure your family members are aware of the plan in the case that you go under a warning.

Some staples to put in there include:

➡️Helmet/head protection
➡️Shoes/extra clothes

Being prepared ahead of time makes taking action during severe weather easier! So prepare, review, and practice and you will be set.

Stay weather aware and be prepared!

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