MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Saturday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency for Alabama ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto's expected landfall.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has a few reminders this weekend as the state could see its first tropical system of the year. With the possibility of storms comes the possibility of power outages, flooding, lack of supplies and more.
The ADPH advises that you keep things like flashlights, batteries, battery-powered radios and more on hand just in case.
If you live in an area susceptible to flooding the ADPH advises that you check with your local officials concerning the safety of the water. Also, before the weather reaches your area, you should test your private water wells before consuming water from them, health officials say.
The WSFA 12 News Weather team says Alberto could bring flooding into our area, all of which you can keep up with by downloading the WSFA First Alert Weather app.
You should also stock up on food beforehand. Keep an upright or chest freezer on hand as refrigerators and freezers can go out should you lose power.
Consuming contaminated water could cause health problems both minor and major, like crams, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, so during a storm, health officials advise that you vigorously boil all tap water within the flooded area.
With respect to the sewage system and septic tanks, the amount of rainwater and flooding cause prevent proper operation and septic tanks can collapse or float out of position. Slow drainage from toilets and sinks, floor drain overflows, and visible sewage outside are all signs that the septic system is not working properly.
Along with natural disasters and flooding comes mold. The ADPH says excess moisture and standing water contributes to the growth of mold and can be avoided by removing standing water or wet materials like rugs, carpets, pads, and the like.
There are certain health risks that come with removing or cleaning up mold. Officials urge that you take breaks while cleaning up and take breaks in well-ventilated areas.
Avoid using gasoline and propane-based items like grills, generators, camp stoves, etc inside your home as they can put off carbon monoxide.
Be wary of animals during or after a storm. They can be displaced and carry the possibility of having rabies.
Mosquito-borne illnesses are prevalent in the "recovery phase" of a storm. Officials say lots of rainfall can create environments for mosquitoes to flourish. Mosquitoes can carry viruses like West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. ADPH officials recommend using EPA-registered repellents when going outside.
Individuals with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, poor circulation, or previous stroke problems, as well as people both young and old should be wary of heat-related illnesses. The ADPH says heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are the most common heat-related illnesses. The ADPH advises that drinking fluids other than alcohol or caffeinated beverages will help to prevent dehydration.