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Current Weather Statement

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

A wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT today. Also, a freeze warning is in effect from 1 a.m. - 8 a.m. CDT on Wednesday.  We continue to monitor the weather and will make further announcements, including those pertaining to university operations, here, on JSU social media channels, on the JSU homepage, via E-Alert and in the local media should conditions warrant. All JSU students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged remain weather aware and to sign up for E-Alert if you have not already done so. 

Freeze Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
318 AM CDT TUE APR 15 2014

...A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL BRING GUSTY WINDS TODAY AND BELOW
FREEZING TEMPERATURES TONIGHT FOR ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA...

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/O.NEW.KBMX.WI.Y.0008.140415T1500Z-140415T2300Z/
MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN-
CHEROKEE-CLEBURNE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-
TALLADEGA-CLAY-RANDOLPH-SUMTER-GREENE-HALE-PERRY-BIBB-CHILTON-
COOSA-TALLAPOOSA-CHAMBERS-MARENGO-DALLAS-AUTAUGA-LOWNDES-ELMORE-
MONTGOMERY-MACON-BULLOCK-LEE-RUSSELL-PIKE-BARBOUR-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMILTON...SULLIGENT...VERNON...
FAYETTE...DOUBLE SPRINGS...JASPER...ONEONTA...GADSDEN...
ANNISTON...CENTRE...HEFLIN...CARROLLTON...TUSCALOOSA...
BIRMINGHAM...HOOVER...COLUMBIANA...PELHAM...ALABASTER...
PELL CITY...MOODY...TALLADEGA...SYLACAUGA...ASHLAND...ROANOKE...
LIVINGSTON...EUTAW...GREENSBORO...MOUNDVILLE...MARION...
CENTREVILLE...CLANTON...ROCKFORD...ALEXANDER CITY...DADEVILLE...
VALLEY...LANETT...LAFAYETTE...DEMOPOLIS...LINDEN...SELMA...
PRATTVILLE...FORT DEPOSIT...HAYNEVILLE...WETUMPKA...TALLASSEE...
MONTGOMERY...TUSKEGEE...UNION SPRINGS...AUBURN...OPELIKA...
PHENIX CITY...TROY...EUFAULA
318 AM CDT TUE APR 15 2014

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CDT
THIS EVENING...
...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 8 AM CDT WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A FREEZE
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 8 AM CDT WEDNESDAY. A
WIND ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WIND ADVISORY IS IN
EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* TIMING...WINDS WILL INCREASE AFTER 10 AM THIS MORNING...AND WILL
  REMAIN STRONG THROUGH 6 PM THIS EVENING. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL
  BELOW FREEZING BETWEEN 1 AM AND 4 AM LATE TONIGHT ACROSS THE
  MAJORITY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. TEMPERATURES SHOULD WARM ABOVE
  FREEZING BY 8 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...WILL BE SUSTAINED AT 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35
  MPH POSSIBLE.

* TEMPERATURES...WILL RANGE FROM THE UPPER 20S NORTH TO THE LOWER
  30S ELSEWHERE.

* IMPACTS...GUSTY WINDS COULD KNOCK DOWN LARGE LIMBS AND A FEW
  WEAKENED TREES. HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED BY
  THE STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS. THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY
  DAMAGE OR KILL VEGETATION THAT HAS ALREADY BLOOMED OR BUDDED OUT
  FOR THE SPRING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR
HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER
SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 24 MPH AND HIGHER...
OR WIND GUSTS OF 36 MPH AND HIGHER...ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS
STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

&&

$$





Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
418 AM CDT TUE APR 15 2014

ALZ011>015-017>050-160930-
AUTAUGA-BARBOUR-BIBB-BLOUNT-BULLOCK-CALHOUN-CHAMBERS-CHEROKEE-
CHILTON-CLAY-CLEBURNE-COOSA-DALLAS-ELMORE-ETOWAH-FAYETTE-GREENE-HALE-
JEFFERSON-LAMAR-LEE-LOWNDES-MACON-MARENGO-MARION-MONTGOMERY-PERRY-
PICKENS-PIKE-RANDOLPH-RUSSELL-SHELBY-ST CLAIR-SUMTER-TALLADEGA-
TALLAPOOSA-TUSCALOOSA-WALKER-WINSTON-
418 AM CDT TUE APR 15 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVE ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. BEHIND THE
FRONT...NORTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WILL OCCUR TODAY...WITH GUSTS
UP TO 35 MPH.

FLOODING WILL CONTINUE ON A FEW SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA RIVERS.
PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST RIVER FLOOD STATEMENTS FOR SPECIFIC
STAGE DETAILS.

MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. LOWS WILL RANGE
BETWEEN 27 AND 33 DEGREES. A FREEZE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED. THE
FREEZE DURATION WILL BE 7 HOURS OR LESS. PROTECTION OF TENDER
VEGETATION WILL BECOME NECESSARY IN MANY LOCATIONS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

FLOODING WILL CONTINUE ON A FEW CENTRAL ALABAMA RIVERS...PERHAPS
UNTIL SATURDAY...AS ADDITIONAL RISES ARE EXPECTED DUE TO THE
RECENT RAIN. FLOODING IS EXPECTED ESPECIALLY ON THE LOWER
TOMBIGBEE...LOWER BLACK WARRIOR...SUCARNOOCHEE...AND LOWER CAHABA
RIVERS. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST RIVER FLOOD STATEMENTS FOR
SPECIFIC DETAILS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS IS
NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

How will I be notified during Severe Weather and Other Campus Emergencies? 

JSU Emergency Notification Methods

The following methods may be used to notify the campus community of various emergencies that may impact students, staff, and faculty on Jacksonville State University Campus.

The JSU Emergency Alert System is JSU's emergency mass notification system that is capable of sending thousands of messages within minutes by emailing, text messaging and phone calls. The system will only be used when there is a severe threat to public safety and health of the entire campus that has not been contained or controlled and when immediate action is required. The JSU Emergency Alert System phone number reflected on your caller I.D. will be 256-782-8558. Program this number into your phone so you will immediately recognize it as coming from JSU Emergency Alert System.


JSU has outdoor tornado warning sirens that are activated by the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency during tornado warnings for the county. The outdoor tornado sirens are only intended to be heard by persons who are located outdoors.


JSU campus-wide e-mail notification system will send follow-up statements to all faculty, staff and students on campus concerning campus-wide general announcements, school closures, and inclement weather.


JSU Home page - Jacksonville State University's official Web site for weather closings and emergency event information (www.jsu.edu).


NOAA Weather Radio - Provides 24/7 all-hazard watches and warnings for incidents

such as floods, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms, train derailments, AMBER alerts and terrorist attacks.


Internet Weather Related Siteshttp://www.weather.comhttp://www.emergencyemail.org,

http://www.wunderground.com - Weather related Internet sites that are capable of sending email updates for your specific zip codes by subscribing to the sites.


RSS Feed - Subscribe to receive updates via RSS either through GEM or athttp://rss.blackboardconnect.com/181884/JSUAlerts/feed.xml


Social Media - Messages sent via JSU's Emergency Alert System will automatically post to JSU's officialFacebook page and Twitter account



Important Reminders

• Call the JSU Police at (256) 782-6000 or 911 for all campus emergencies

• For non-emergencies, call JSU Police at (256) 782-5050

• Go to www.jsu.edu for more information during an emergency

• Program (866) 665-4384 into your cell phone as "JSU Emergency Alert System" to recognize calls from JSU Emergency Alert System





Have You Signed Up for E-Alert?

Jacksonville State University encourages all students, faculty and staff to update their emergency contact number(s) in the JSU Emergency Alert System, the University's primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. JSU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies. JSU Emergency Alert allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages via phone, text message, e-mail, and social media. Both voice and text messages may be sent to cell phones. To edit your information go to jsu.bbcportal.com.

Other than periodic tests, this system will ONLY be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the JSU community.

Some Types of Messages and Their Explanation

Emergency Message Explanation of Message
JSU campus-wide emergency. Do not enter the campus. If you are at JSU, lock yourself into a room immediately. Everything is cancelled. Wait for additional instructions. There is a very serious emergency on campus. Do not enter the campus. Classes and all activities are cancelled. There is a serious threat to your safety on the campus.
JSU building emergency at _____________. Leave that area immediately. Go to ___________. If you are off campus, do not enter the campus. Wait for additional instructions. There may be an incident such as a bomb threat to a specific location. Or a hazardous material spill, fire, or a condition requiring immediate action. The location will be included in the message.
JSU attention: An emergency condition exists. Wait for additional instructions. Go to http://www.jsu.edu/news for more information. This is a general emergency alert notice. It will be used for conditions like flooding or a utility failure. It may also be used for an emergency near JSU that may affect us.
JSU severe weather warning. Wait for additional instructions. (Tornado Warning -Seek Tornado Shelter Immediately) A severe weather warning has been issued for Calhoun County. This includes warnings for thunderstorms, severe winds, blizzards, tornados, etc. A location will be included in the message, such as the "basement."
CSEPP Alert-Follow instructions from building manager or tune to local radio for instructions Wait for additional instructions. (Seek Shelter or evacuate area) Chemical accident has been reported by the Anniston Army Depot. Area residents may shelter in place or follow evacuation procedures. On campus shelters are top floor of the Library or Leon Cole Auditorium.
JSU emergency is over. All clear. Emergency is over. Go to http://www.jsu.edu/news for more information. This message is sent when the emergency condition is over.
JSU emergency alert system test. This is a test of the JSU Emergency Warning System. No action is needed. This test message will be sent when the system is tested. This will be at least once per quarter or more frequently as needed.

To change notification preferences follow the steps below:

  

1.    Go to jsu.bbcportal.com. Click the Sign Me Up link, and enter your Name, JSU Email Address, and choose a Password.

2.    After you click Continue, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete sign-up. (Parents will be required to enter their student’s JSU ID number)

3.    Click on Edit My Contact Information. From here you can add or edit phone numbers and email addresses, as well as choose whether you want to receive voice calls or text messages for each phone number.

4.    Select any JSU Groups you would like to receive Notifications from by making selections under the Subscriptions tab (JSU Alert is for emergency communications)



JSU's Emergency Operations Plan

Jacksonville State University’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) establishes policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities, and an organizational structure for responding to major emergencies that may impact the campus. The EOP incorporates operating procedures from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) for handling emergencies. NIMS establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders at all levels of government use to conduct response operations. The EOP has been designed as a strategic plan to provide the administrative procedures necessary to cope with campus emergencies. The University's overall ability to respond to an emergency also relies upon individual building emergency plans and department continuity of operations plans (COOP).

JSU's EOP establishes clear guidelines detailing the appropriate response to disasters and crisis situations. The goal of this plan is to limit the loss of life and property in the event of an emergency or crisis that affects the operations of JSU. The proper use of available resources and personnel is critical to the successful management of emergency operations. The President of JSU or his or her designated representative is responsible for declaring a state of emergency. Once this state is declared, all students, faculty and staff are to adhere to these guidelines. It is imperative to remember that these procedures are guidelines and should be used as a flexible tool in responding to a variety of contingencies.

The 2010 Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) PDF


For complete Emergency Information, visit the Jacksonville State University Police Department online