EMA, local school officials monitoring Monday, Tuesday severe weather threat


CULLMAN – With severe weather in the forecast for Monday night into Tuesday morning, the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and local school officials are taking a proactive approach, monitoring the situation closely in case any cancellations should need to be made.

Cullman EMA Director Phyllis Little and her office have been, as they always are when severe weather threatens the area, in briefings with the National Weather Service. Little said a briefing took place Saturday and one is scheduled for today.

"Cullman EMA is monitoring weather updates and providing information to critical personnel and elected officials. The National Weather Service provided an updated briefing and has another one scheduled for Sunday. CCEMA has posted the latest information to our Facebook page (Cullman County EMA) and Twitter page. We will continue to be in contact with first responders and elected officials and provide the most updated forecast information so that officials can make informed decisions."

Meanwhile, Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette said a decision will be made Monday about any changes to Tuesday's school schedule. 

"We are constantly keeping an eye on the weather.  If the weather continues to be a concern, we will make a decision on Monday about any changes to Tuesday’s schedule," said Barnette. "I hope all of our families are being precautious as well and have a backup plan in place in the case changes have to be made."

Little encourages everyone to be prepared.

"Cullman EMA encourages everyone to review their severe weather plan and ensure that they are prepared in the event of power outages and/or storm damage. This is the weekend that we change clocks to 'fall back' an hour and change batteries in smoke detectors and NOAA weather radios. We ask that everyone have multiple ways to receive weather alerts and keep your cell phones charged."

The Tribune has not received comments from Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson at this time.

WHNT 19 Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson shared with The Tribune, "It looks like the greatest ‘threat’ area may be a little northwest of Cullman, but don’t let that give you a false sense of security. Monday night it’s time to pay attention for watches and warnings instead of worrying about who is in what risk area. Storms are possible after 7 p.m., with the main line coming in after midnight – probably 2-4 a.m. High winds, tornadoes and hail will be possible."

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