Emergency Preparedness

When disasters or health emergencies strike, the Alabama Retail Association compiles the latest information for its members, especially pharmacists whose services may be needed in such emergencies.

You’ll find Alabama’s latest health alerts or information on disasters related to retailers here and under the News section of this website.


Emergency declaration expanded to entire state; extended for 60 days (Feb. 23, Feb. 27, March 3, 2019)

Winter storm places Alabama in state of emergency (Jan. 28, 2019)

Hurricane Michael prompts statewide emergency (Oct. 8, 2018)

Southwest Alabama under state of emergency related to Tropical Storm Gordon (Sept. 4, 2018)

Tornadoes, hail and other severe weather results in state of emergency (March 20, 2018)

Snow and ice prompt emergency declaration (Jan. 15, 2018)

Governor declares state of emergency related to Hurricane Nate (Oct. 6, 2017)

Hurricanes in Texas and Florida result in emergency declaration for Alabama (Aug. 30, Sept.1 and Sept. 6, 2017)

Expected heavy rain, flooding put Alabama under state of emergency (June 20, 2o17)

Threat of tornadoes, hail and high winds results in state of emergency (April 4, 2017)

Approaching winter storm prompts state of emergency (Jan. 6, 2017)

Alabama in state of emergency due to gasoline pipeline leak (Sept. 15, 2016)

Widespread power outages prompts emergency declaration through June 21 (June 17, 2016)

Governor declares emergency in anticipation of severe weather (Feb. 23, 2016)

In case of a disaster in Alabama, the governor can make an emergency declaration and invoke Alabama’s price gouging law.

ALABAMA’S PRICE GOUGING LAW: Makes it unlawful for anyone to raise prices on commodities or lodging by more than 25 percent during the declared state of emergency. To avoid violating Alabama’s price gouging law, figure the price charged for each of the previous 30 days. Add the 30 daily prices, divide by 30, and multiply the price by .25, or 25 percent, to figure the maximum price increase allowed for any one day. The exception is if a wholesale price increases by more than 25 percent and merchants have no choice but to pass along the price increase.

The fine for violating Alabama’s price gouging law can be up to $1,000 per incident. Those who willfully and continually violate the law can be banned from doing business in Alabama.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Jan. 4, 2017, 30 confirmed cases of the Zika virus had been reported in Alabama, all considered travel-related cases. Pregnant women or women of child bearing age are most at risk. The following resources are provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Flier to post near repellant in your store (s)

Mosquito bite prevention

Alabama Department of Public Health mosquito website

Letter from Alabama’s State Health Officer on the Zika Virus


What to do if a sick patient comes into a pharmacy

How to prepare your business for Ebola and other infectious diseases


Alabama is within four zones of frequent earthquake activity. Read more.


Alabama Emergency Management Agency
List of all Alabama county Emergency Management Agencies
Ready Alabama
Alabama Department of Transportation Road Conditions
Alabama Department of Transportation Road Advisories
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Federal Disaster Relief (Apply here for federal disaster assistance)
Small Business Adminstration Disaster Loan Application
Portion of Credit Report Resourcing Guide dealing with disasters
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Disaster Assistance
Business Preparedness (Ready Business)
Ready Business Alabama
American Red Cross
Department of Homeland Security
National Weather Service, Southern Region
National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)
Alabama Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
National Hurricane Center
U.S. Coast Guard Storm Center
NOAA Storm Prediction Center
Alabama Earthquake Information (U.S. Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Alabama)
National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC)
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama, Alabama Member Service Hotline: 800-292-8868


Being personally prepared greatly improves your outcome during an emergency situation. The Alabama Department of Public Health has compiled a list of the 10 items most needed during an emergency.