COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With the threat of storms and strong winds in the valley this weekend, now is the perfect time to plan ahead and get prepared for severe weather situations.
Experts say it is best to develop an emergency plan for your family. Having a set meeting place and safe space can help make sure everyone is accounted for and uninjured in the chaos of severe weather.
They also say to make sure you have a basic emergency kit ready to go. Each kit should include water, food, batteries, a flashlight, and a weather radio.
Experts say even after the storm has passed you should be prepared for power outages and possible damage to property.
Heavy rain and storms with pockets of damaging wind gust threaten the Chattahoochee Valley on Sunday. Meteorologists say that the worst weather will occur between the 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM that day.
Be sure to stay tuned to WTVM Storm Team 9 online, on air, and on our app for the very latest weather developments.
While we all hope for the best it is important to prepare for dangerous situations. If a tornado watch is issued there are places you can go to keep you & your loved ones safe.
The following sites have been identified as ‘safer’ shelter locations for those who are in mobile homes or vulnerable housing:
- Green Hall- Auburn University (Pet-Friendly)
- Draughon Library- Auburn University
- Mount Olive Baptist Church- 784 Lee Road 298 Smiths Station Al
- Pine Grove Church- 7235 US Hwy 29 North Opelika, Al
- Saint Ellis Full Gospel- 5267 US Highway 80 Opelika, Al
- Providence Baptist- 2807 Lee Road 166 Opelika, Al
- Southern Union State Community College in Opelika
- Waverly Town Hall- 2094 Patrick St. Waverly, AL
- Officials also say many local churches are opening their doors to those in need of a safe space this weekend.
However, shelters will only open AFTER a tornado WATCH is issued. Citizens are encouraged to plan or call ahead and use good judgment when it comes to heading out this Sunday.