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Our PAR volunteers were prepared and they responded. Their hard work made a difference in the lives of those affected by the tornadoes that came through Alabama on March 19, 2018. See more photos on our Facebook page. Near Ardmore, Alabama, March 20, 2018 (photo credit Bob Gathany)  ...

Volunteers are needed for storm cleanup Tuesday, March 20! Meet at the PAR warehouse by 7:00am Tuesday morning, March 20, to leave at 7:15, 3401 Holmes Avenue NW, Huntsville, AL. Or meet at Wooley Springs Baptist Church by 8:00am, 28025 Bethel Road, Toney, AL 35773. Thanks to those who came today to the warehouse to get us prepared. Your work paid off. Continue to pray for those affected by today's storms....

All PAR volunteers are invited to tour the Huntsville-Madison County E-911 Center on Thursday, April 5, from 6:30-7:30pm. (This will replace our regular monthly meeting for April.) We'll learn how they operate as well as listen to interesting and historic 911 calls they have received. Please sign up here to attend. There will be NO parking at the E-911 Center itself. Instead, please park across the street at Westminster Presbyterian Church between 6:20-6:20pm. We'll walk or carpool from Westminster to the Center. Westminster Presbyterian Church 5744 Oakwood Rd NW, Huntsville, AL E-911 Center 5827 Oakwood Rd, NW, Huntsville, AL During natural disasters (as well as other times), frequent calls are made to our local 911 Center. They are the first, first responders. The Huntsville-Madison County E-911 Center, the largest in Alabama, receives 600 calls on a normal day. During our tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011, it handled 1,200 calls in a single hour. The E-911 Center is the call-taking and emergency/non-emergency radio dispatch facility for Madison County and the city limits of both Huntsville and Madison (including Limestone County). It coordinates all emergency requests using advanced technology and highly trained staff. It connects citizen requests with the appropriate response for emergency services. Agencies currently housed in the communication facility include: Madison County...

It's time for spring cleaning! We'd appreciate your help Saturday morning, March 24, at the PAR warehouse. We want to get better organized and get our equipment deployment-ready for any upcoming spring storms. Please sign up here. We'll get started at 8 a.m. at 3401 Holmes Avenue NW. It's the gray warehouse next to the baseball field behind The Rock Family Worship Center's new campus (formerly Butler High School). Also see our sign-up to tour the Huntsville-Madison County 911 Center on April 5, 2018, to learn how they respond during emergencies....

Here is another way to be ready to help others when they need you. Madison County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) has emergency response training classes open to the public. 8 classes (take as many as you can; take all for official certification) Tues/Thur nights, 6:00-8:30pm Begins February 6 Topics include: Disaster Preparedness; Disaster Psychology; Terrorism Awareness; more Send email with name, email, phone # to classes@madisoncountycert.org More information here. ...

PAR encourages our volunteers to be prepared to help others when disaster strikes. Here are some upcoming training opportunities in our area. They are provided to the community through the Red Cross and the Harvest Volunteer Fire Department. If you’re interested, please call the appropriate contact person. (1) Red Cross Disaster Training  Pick your interest: Damage Assessment, Bulk Distribution, Collaborating Essentials, and more All classes at 1101 Washington Street, Huntsville Various dates and times Call 256-801-3802 to sign up or ask questions   (2) Stop the Bleed Learn the basics. This free course is designed to train ordinary citizens to stop the bleeding caused by a natural disaster or a mass attack. March 31, 2:00-4:00pm Harvest Volunteer Fire Dept. More about Stop the Bleed Contact Ric Wilkinson, 256-682-1887    ...

At our next monthly meeting, we’ll talk about spring chainsaw training and other activities. All PAR volunteers are invited to our monthly meeting Thursday night, February 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Road, Huntsville. We meet in Room 266 at 6 p.m....

What will we do in 2018? Come to our first meeting of the year. Let's plan together. All PAR volunteers are invited to our monthly meeting this Thursday night, January 4, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Road, Huntsville. We meet in Room 266 at 6 p.m....

What can ordinary people do in extraordinary situations? Look at the difference you made in 2017! Instead of sitting on a couch and watching disasters on TV day after day, our volunteers put their hands to work. [ see it here ] Thanks for helping others make it through their difficult moments this year. Let’s do it again in 2018. Hope to see you at on Thursday, January 4, 2018, for our first PAR meeting of the year. We wish you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year....