BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — Do you know what to do in the event of a tornado watch or warning?
First, know the difference between a watch and a warning.
The National Weather service says a TORNADO WATCH means BE PREPARED because tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. This is the time to review and discuss emergency plans, check supplies and your safe room. NWS says you should be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching because acting early helps to save lives.
Here’s a list of of Community and Storm Shelters managed by the local jurisdiction in Jefferson County.
Adamsville — 419 Spring St, Adamsville 35005 (near the Senior Citizens Center)
Adger — 7276 Johns Road, Adger 35006
Bagley Fire Department — 7175 Bankhead Hwy. Dora 35062 (residents around the fire department only)
Birmingham Jimmie Hudson Park — 305 Pratt Highway, Birmingham 35214
Birmingham — Pratt City Park 1331 3rd Street, Birmingham 35214
Brookside — 2711 Municipal Lane, Brookside 35036
Concord — 6117 Willow Circle, Concord 35023
Edgewater Oaks Subdivision — Lannie Bonner Circle, Birmingham 35224
Fultondale — 3220 Hubbert Drive, Fultondale 35068
Fultondale — Maple Crest Drive & Walker Chapel Road, Fultondale 35068
Graysville — 4041 Cherry Avenue, Birmingham 35214
McAdory I — 4400 Harper Road Bessemer, AL 35022
McAdory II — 5977 Eastern Valley Road McCalla, AL 35111 (Planning Stage)
North Smithfield I — 4533 Hutson Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35207
Oak Grove — 8826 Lock 17 Road Bessemer, AL 35023
Pleasant Grove — 464 7th Avenue, Pleasant Grove 35127
Tannehill State Park — 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla 35111
Trussville — 421 Cherokee Drive, Trussville 35173 (behind building)
Vestavia Hills — Liberty Park Athletic 4700 Sicard Hollow Road, Vestavia Hills 35242 (For park use only)
Warrior Shelter I — 309 Trafford Road, Warrior 35180