Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
Friday, May 6 2011 10:42 PM EDT2011-05-07 02:42:51 GMT
A two ton utility tractor was tossed nearly a mile away when a very strong and violent EF-4 tornado touched down near Maple Street in Cordova. This storm which killed at least seven people extended for nine miles, and caused destruction in Cullman, Blount, Pickens, Fayette, Walker and Tuscaloosa Counties.More >>
SMITHVILLE, MS (RNN) - The National Weather Service has determined a twister that struck Smithville, MS during Wednesday's deadly tornado outbreak was an EF-5, producing winds of 205 miles per hour.More >>
Saturday, May 7 2011 6:34 PM EDT2011-05-07 22:34:56 GMT
A Facebook page is connecting tornado victims and family members with lost pictures.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
On August 29, 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC.
The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recover and be better prepared for the next disaster.
"There's no question that our state is in a much better state of severe weather preparedness than we were April 26th of 2011," said Ron Gray, TRAC Executive Director.
TRAC members conducted research and worked to come up with 20 key ways to improve Alabama's response before and after a disaster.
"They just did a great job and made recommendations to us. We have already put in place four of those 20 recommendations," said Bentley.
The state has already declared a disaster preparedness tax holiday and rolled out a state-wide text alert system called Safe-T-Net with the help of private industry.
"We believe that particular recommendation that we provided in that area will have the potential to dramatically change the way our citizens react to storm weather warnings," Gray said about the system.
Other long term measures are on the way including: building more community shelters, installing more warning sirens, creating a contractor registry and using the state's universities to research and teach students how to help with recovery.
"I'm excited that our state is leading this country in all facets of preparedness and response to severe weather outbreaks," Gray added.
Critics have said the recommendations have been enacted too slowly. Gray said many of them were designed to be long-term recommendations that will take several months or years to implement. He said he feels that Alabama is on the right track to becoming better prepared.
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Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:31:34 GMT
Police have one person in custody after a fatal stabbing at a Clarksville apartment complex. Officers were called to the Miller Town Apartments on Jack Miller Boulevard just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. NancyMore >>
Police have one person in custody after a fatal stabbing at a Clarksville apartment complex.More >>
They've served the country and are now back from the battlefield. The next thing veterans need are jobs. Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are heading to Fort Campbell for a speechMore >>
Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are heading to Fort Campbell for a speech on helping vets get to work.More >>
Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:51:34 GMT
Deputies have returned nearly all of the property stolen from a lumber business and a contractor, authorities said Tuesday. More than $10,000 worth of items had been taken from 84 Lumber Company and BlackwellMore >>
More than $10,000 worth of items had been taken from 84 Lumber Company and Blackwell Construction, Jamie Dexter with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in an e-mail.More >>
Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:20:29 GMT
Southern Baptist pastors say it's time to redefine what their faithful should consider right and wrong. About 200 leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are in Nashville this week discussing topics.More >>
Southern Baptist pastors say it's time to redefine what their faithful should consider right and wrong. About 200 leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are in Nashville, discussing topics like marriage, fidelity and homosexuality.More >>
Monday, April 21 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-04-22 00:59:20 GMT
Hopkinsville police have ruled the death of a young boy who was struck by a window that had been propped open at his family's home as an accident. The incident happened Saturday afternoon at a home onMore >>
Hopkinsville police have ruled the death of a young boy who was struck by a window that had been propped open at his family's home as an accident.More >>
Another video featuring "NBC Nightly News" managing editor and anchor Brian Williams has gone viral, thanks to the help of Jimmy Fallon. The video showing Williams "rapping" the Snoop Dogg song "Gin andMore >>
Another video featuring "NBC Nightly News" managing editor and anchor Brian Williams has gone viral, thanks to the help of Jimmy Fallon.More >>
Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:12:05 GMT
America has had a century-long love affair with the automobile, but what if the way to a cleaner environment meant rolling on just three wheels instead of four? Elio Motors believes its three-wheeler electricMore >>
America has had a century-long love affair with the automobile, but what if the way to a cleaner environment meant rolling on just three wheels instead of four?More >>
Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:24:57 GMT
Nashville is among the 15 cities the Democratic National Committee is considering to host the party's presidential nominating convention in 2016. Among the other cities under consideration are Chicago,More >>
Nashville is among 15 cities the Democratic National Committee is considering to host the party's presidential nominating convention in 2016.More >>