Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thunderstorm Warning Safety


Thunderstorm Safety

Spring is the time to start thinking about weather safety.  Spring can bring severe thunderstorms and tornados. Knowing what to do in the event of a weather emergency can be crucial.

* Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates.  Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.

*Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.

*If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed.  Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.

*If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning.  If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.

*Avoid electrical equipment and telephones.  Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.

*Shutter windows and close outside doors securely.  Keep away from windows.

*Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.

*If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park.  Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.  Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

*If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.  Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.


Know the Difference

Severe Thunderstorm Watch- Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area.  Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning- Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Thunderstorm fact:

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at

least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour.  Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes.  Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

Visit our website to learn more,

If you are in need of residential financing the Birmingham AL area Valerie Springer is your gal.

Valerie Springer

205-995-7283 x 305

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Purchase and Refinance Approved w/ Credit to 600

Effective March 28, 2011  Network Funding Mortgage Bank now offers FHA Refinance  and Purchase with credit scores down to 600 in many instances.

Not all 600 scores will qualify, it depends on the circumstances surrounding the score.  For further information please contact Valerie Springer .

Yours to Count On,

Valerie Springer

205-995-7283 x 305


Monday, March 14, 2011

Tropical Smoothie Cafe' Meets Catering Needs in Greater Birmingham Alabama Area

My friends Gordon and Julie Saunders have recently opened a Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Hwy 150 across from the Galleria in Hoover, AL.

I must confess, I missed the "smoothie" boat a few years ago and until Gordon and Julie had their Grand Opening, I had never enjoyed this great treat.

   I ordered my paradise and took a seat to take in all that was available.  Finally, taking turns, Julie and Gordon were able to come over and chat with me for a few moments and educate me on what all was offered.  I learned this was not only a  place to visit on bright and sunny days but also on days when you may not be feeling your best!  Who doesn't enjoy that tropical feeling, even when it dreary?


If you will look closely you will see Julie and Gordon peeping through in the back!

I was also amazed that they had the ability to cater and make food trays for your outings, events and those moments when you just need to help someone out because of illness or death.  They provide a variety of options and their service is second to none.  What a great service to be able to call ahead, go by and get your order with a smile and no more worries.

I hope you will all go by Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Hwy 150 in Hoover, AL and please say hello to Gordon and Julie.  Tell them you read about this on my blog.  Who knows, maybe I will see you there!  Enjoy yourselves, life is too short.

Yours to Count On,


205-995-7283 x 305