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.
A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ALABAMA
Approaching winter storm prompts state of emergency (Jan. 6, 2017)
Alabama in state of emergency due to gasoline pipeline leak (Sept. 15, 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.
ZIKA AND OTHER MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES
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.
EBOLA GUIDELINES FOR PHARMACIES
Alabama is within four zones of frequent earthquake activity. Read more.
EMERGENCY AGENCY LINKS
Alabama Emergency Management Agency
List of all Alabama county Emergency Management Agencies
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.