The WSFA 12 News Hurricane Action Line has been taking your questions and getting the answers you need as Hurricane Ivan moves in. The number to call is (334) 284-5551. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
1. SHOULD I GO TO A SHELTER?
Central Alabama is expecting winds topping 70 miles per hour, flooding, and extended power outages. If you live in a mobile home or you have large trees in danger of being uprooted, you might consider spending the night in a shelter.
2. WHERE ARE THE SHELTERS IN MY AREA?
Throughout the state, all national guard armories have been opened as shelters and many churches are also opening their doors to refugees. In Montgomery, the city government has designated Garrett Coliseum as a shelter as well. In addition, the American Red Cross has more than 40 shelters operating around the state. To find the one nearest you, call the Red Cross at 1-866-GET-INFO.
3. I HAVE EVACUATED FROM FLORIDA OR SOUTH ALABAMA. AM I SAFE IN MONTGOMERY?
According to Storm Team 12 , areas farther north than Montgomery are considered the safest. However, if you are in a place that can withstand high wind, flooding, and extended power outages, you have no need to panic.
4. IS THERE A NON-EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER TO REPORT STORM DAMAGE?
In Montgomery, you can call (334) 241-2651. In Montgomery County, you can call (334) 832-4980. If you live elsewhere, contact your local police or sheriff's department.
5. ARE THERE ANY CURFEWS IN EFFECT?
As of Wednesday, WSFA 12 News was not aware of any curfews in effect. According to the Red Cross, city governments don't usually issue curfews until after a storm has hit and the damage is assessed.
6. WILL MY GARBAGE BE PICKED UP TOMORROW?
City officials in Montgomery say crews will most likely be too busy with clearing storm debris to operate regular garbage routes. You should not plan on having your garbage picked up in any location that has experienced heavy storm damage.
7. SHOULD I CRACK MY WINDOWS DURING A HURRICANE?
According to the Red Cross, cracking your windows is of no benefit during a hurricane.
8. IS INTERSTATE 65 OPEN?
Yes. At 5:00pm Wednesday, Interstate 65 was reopened to both directions of travel.
9. IS THE MONTGOMERY AIRPORT OPEN? ARE FLIGHTS CANCELLED?
The Montgomery Airport and its runway will remain open during the storm if at all possible. However, Delta and US Airways have cancelled all flights through Thursday. All Northwest flights are cancelled until 4:25pm Thursday.
10. IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THE WATER SYSTEMS WILL SHUT DOWN?
There is always a possibility. However, most systems are well-prepared for a storm of this strength, especially larger systems like Montgomery. If you rely on well water, you are more likely to have problems and should have an extra supply of drinking water on standby.
11. CAN I USE THE PHONE IF THE POWER GOES OUT?
Yes, if your phone does not require electricity to operate, it will work. However, the Red Cross recommends against using your phone or any type of appliance if lightning is present.
12. WILL TAPE HELP PREVENT BROKEN WINDOWS?
No. Only boarding up windows can prevent them from breaking. But tape will prevent the broken glass from scattering.
13. IS THE AUBURN GAME STILL ON FOR THIS WEEKEND?
As of Thursday morning, Auburn University had not cancelled this weekend's game.
14. ARE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES CANCELLED THIS WEEK?
Yes. All high school football games have been cancelled.
15. I HAVE A PET AND NEED SHELTER WHERE MAY I GO?
In Montgomery, Garrett Coliseum will accept you and your pet. Remember you must bring your own supplies for you and your pet. Pets must be be on a leash or in a carrier.