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ALERT Activation


The K4NWS – Amateur Radio Station at the Birmingham Weather Service was physically being relocated due to renovations within the Weather Service. As a result the responding team had to set up an expeditionary station in order to communicate.

As a part of SET and to test the ALERT Team’s response capability they were not told everything until the call-out was issued on Thursday afternoon and the actual plans were not discussed until a special teleconference that occurred at 1400 Friday afternoon.

Ronnie King was tasked with being the Supervising Leader and he had the others put the plan together on the phone. The pictures below are the results.

The responding Team was:
Ronnie King – WX4RON
Justin Glass – N0ZO
Casey Benefield – NZ2O
Michael Lamb – KK4OHW


Roger Parsons









ALERT will participate in the SET this weekend. Our activation will be Saturday 7:45am to noon.

At the May 10, 2016 ALERT meeting at the National Weather Service, a vote by the membership was held to elect officers for the 2016-2017 term. 

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new officers:

  • Dale Chambers, KD4QHZ
  • Roger Parsons, KK4UDU
    Vice President
  • Johnnie Knobloch, KJ4OPX
  • Russell Thomas, KV4S
    NWS Liaison
  • Justin Glass, N0ZO

Thank you to our outgoing officers, for your contributions and service to our community! 

Did you know, that many, sometimes over half of  the deaths in the April 27, 2011 tornadoes were due to head injuries?

I’m Casey Benefield, and I will be the Point of Contact for ALERT’s table for Tornado Helmet Safety Night. 

I’m looking for any and all ALERT Members who would like to volunteer to join us for that event, as we promote wearing a safety helmet when taking shelter from a tornado, as well as talk to people about Amateur Radio/ALERT’s role in weather events. Most of the work is passing out literature at the table. We may also be assisting the National Weather Service, for their table.

I will need to provide the leader of the event with our expected volunteer headcount, to inform Regions Field staff, so don’t delay if you would like to volunteer. 🙂

Status: So far, we have 5 volunteers, including myself.

Volunteers Arrive: Friday, April 29, 2016. 4:30PM (UPDATED). Free street parking may become scarce later on.
Additional Info

  • We ask that volunteers wear their ALERT shirts/apparel for this event.
  • Regions Field is providing us with the table and chairs.
  • Depending on how many volunteers we have, we may be able to work in smaller shifts.
  • The event may last as late as 8-9PM or slightly after, depending on the amount of foot traffic.

If you are an ALERT member, and want to volunteer, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Casey Benefield: or Text/Call/Voicemail (205) 830-8115

For everyone else, check out Tornado Helmet Safety on Facebook!

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Event Page:

Event Time:
Friday, April 29, 2016, Gates open at 6:00PM
Game Info: Birmingham Barons vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ 7:05PM
This is also Superheroes Night, FIAT Friday, Friday Night Fireworks, and a Bobby Allison appearance.
: $7-14, Depending on seating
Ticketing info can be found here and here to buy an individual game ticket.

Location: Birmingham Barons Regions Field
1401 1ST Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233 Google Maps

ALERT / National Weather Service Birmingham Coverage Area

  • ALERT covers the BMX county warning area. Presently, this includes: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston
  • What does ALERT do?

  • ALERT provides the National Weather Service in Birmingham, and the community, on-call 24/7/365 emergency communication services.
  • ALERT responds when called upon, for severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, snow, or ice events. ALERT collects ground-truth storm spotter data from amateur radio for the NWS.
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