Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has ordered city offices to close at 10 a.m. today due to the threat of severe weather, according to the mayor’s office.
“This is a serious situation that every person in our city should monitor. I encourage each of you to remain weather alert and up to date on forecasts throughout today and overnight,” Woodfin said.
The US National Weather Service Birmingham has been warning of severe weather on Wednesday for three days. The decision from the city came in this morning.
The mayor has discussed preparations with executive leadership and department heads to ensure all systems are in place to respond to a severe weather event, his officials said.
“I have instructed city leadership to take every step necessary to serve our residents and businesses and ensure a timely response in the case of a severe weather outbreak,” the mayor said.
The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Services has announced the city’s community Safe Rooms will open at noon today for those in need of shelter. People at the shelters are reminded to wear face coverings to comply with the state mandate due to the pandemic.
The Community Safe Rooms are located at the following locations:
- Jimmie Hudson Park, 305 Pratt Highway
- Pratt City Park, 1331 3rd Street
- Smithfield Estates, 1707-B Huntington Drive
- South Hampton School, 565 Sheridan Road
The city’s Department of Transportation will identify flood prone streets and place road barriers and signs to keep motorists from flooded areas.
According to city officials, they have coordinated with agencies which provide shelter to the city’s homeless population. In the case of overflow at those locations, the city will coordinate transportation to another safe place.
“We want to ensure those who seek a safe place will be provided one,” officials said.
The city remains in close contact with the Jefferson County EMA and utilities, according to Birmingham officials.
In case you or someone you know experiences a power outage, here’s what to do to report issues to Alabama Power:
- Report a Power Outage (Customers should use this number.)
- Residential Customer Service
- Business Customer Service
Residents are encouraged to stay weather aware and monitor local media weather reports for the latest information through the duration of this severe weather threat. For immediate text message updates from the city, please text the key word BHMINFO to 888-777.