Southern Tornadoes Drive Launch of Thousands of WARN Notifications
April 30th, 2011 — Recent deadly storms in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia sent the WARN System successfully into action, helping disaster and emergency responders contact and mobilize thousands during the 3-day event. From Tuesday, April 26th, through Friday, April 29th, Emergency Management and Public Safety customers of WARN alerted officials, responders, and the public to updated weather tracking information using distributed WARN Weather, and helped to guide immediate resources and response along the most critical path of damage and destruction. WARN users in markets like the capital of Alabama (Montgomery), and Selma, AL, Birmingham, AL, and beyond, assisted response efforts with targeted and specific information management. In addition, over 10,000 students at Calhoun Community College, Decatur, were kept advised on preventative actions and class cancellations; Miles College in Birmingham also alerted thousands of students during the events. The storms are the worst to hit the US since 310 people were killed by violent weather on April 3, 1974. WARN services used throughout the region included WARN Command, WARN Mass Notify, WARN GIS Mapping, WARN Continuity (flood gauges and wind meters) and WARN Weather.