What is your plan when skies go dark? Find your local safe space

Storm shelter in McAdory (

Severe weather can happen at a moment's notice.

What's your plan if your home or apartment doesn't have a shelter?

What do you do when the sky goes dark?

Many Central Alabama counties have shelters scattered across the community, but sometimes, they're unmarked, making them difficult to find.

Jim Coker, the director for the Jefferson County EMA says first, with all of the recent cold weather, it's important to know what type of shelter you need.

"Know the difference between a storm shelter, a community tornado shelter and a warming station, they're absolutely not the same," said Coker.

You can find information on the Jefferson County EMA's website about where the storm shelters are located.

Although, take a good look. there have been two changes made. Now open are McAdory 1 shelter and Oak Grove, just blocks away from the where the high school was demolished during the April 1998 tornado.

But hang on, don't exit the site just yet.

Check out the EMA's Everbridge tab to sign up for Jeff Co. emergency notifications.

"The more time that you've got to make a decision, may save your life," said Coker.

One reason, they're partnering with Tuscaloosa EMA, because storms often come up from there.

Coker says if you sign up for Tuscaloosa text notifications, you could gain ten minutes of time to decide what your next move is.

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