National Weather Service holds tornado remembrance

Published 5:59 am Friday, December 29, 2023

The National Weather Service (NPS) will hold an emergency preparedness event Jan. 13 at Arts Revive, remembering the tornado that hit Dallas County on Jan. 12. 

Kevin Laws, a science officer at the National Weather Center in Birmingham said that he hopes the event will help prepare citizens in the event of any future weather emergency. 

Tables and displays will be set up covering topics such as CPR and operating weather radios. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories and experiences during the tornado and after. 

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“We wanted to do this community outreach to put a spotlight on storm safety,” Laws said. “FEMA will be there to answer any questions or concerns. We want to hear the stories and know what went right and what went wrong.”

Becky Youngblood, Executive Director of Arts Revive, said they plan to unveil a mosaic in honor of those affected by the storm. 

“People donated a lot of glass,” Youngblood said. “Some of the children whose homes were destroyed got to come smash the glass and help make the mosaic.”

The event will be held on Jan.13 at art Arts Revive, located at 3 Church Street in Selma from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.