West Alabama is expecting a bit of rough weather this afternoon. Sometimes, especially in cases of residents new to the area, people want to seek refuge but don't know where to go. According to the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency, the following locations are places where shelter is provided against strong storms:

City of Tuscaloosa- The following will be open to the public if severe weather comes outside school hours. Call 248-5311 during business hours to obtain information.

  • Tuscaloosa Magnet School at 315 McFarland Blvd East
  • University Place School at 2000 First Avenue
  • Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy at 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    926-1911

There is also a shelter behind Holt Elementary School, which will open if the projected path of a possible tornado includes the Holt area. For shelters in Brookwood, Coaling, Vance, Coker, Echola, click here.

ABC 33/40 lists the following locations as shelters in Pickens County.

  • 4216 M L King Road, Aliceville
  • 240 Shade Road, Aliceville
  • 1184 M L King Road, Aliceville
  • 7420 County Road 13, Aliceville
  • 332 3rd Ave NE, Aliceville
  • 751 5th NW, Aliceville
  • 897 Roland Bate Road, Carrollton
  • 41 Elliott St, Carrollton
  • 112 Bains Road, Ethelsville
  • 51 School Circle, Reform

Fayette County EMA James Sanders provided this link, which is an interactive map of shelter locations. Clicking on each red pin will provide the location of each shelter.

 

The preferred shelter in Greene County is the Greene County High School.

In addition to knowing where shelters are, it is important to have working weather radios. Fayette County EMA James Sanders emphasized the fact that weather radios provide more than information in times of inclement weather but that they are also used to alert area residents when other hazardous conditions occur.

So make sure you have a weather radio, that your phone is charged ahead of the rough weather, all safety gear is accessible, and plans are in place. Your life could depend on it.