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Home fires claim seven lives every day but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. The American Red Cross helps reduce home fire deaths and injuries through Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. This series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events takes place throughout the year.  

Link for registering for virtual preparedness classes:

Sound the Alarm 2021 registration:

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The CDBG public hearing has been postponed until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. Please fill out the survey linked at the bottom of the page to provide feedback on areas you feel should be community development priorities. Thank you.

The city of Bessemer’s Economic and Community Development Department is seeking the input of residents and other interests as it seeks to develop a Five-Year Action Plan as part of the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, program.

The federally-funded program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city of Bessemer is an entitlement city and receives funding each year through the program.  Money from the program can cover a variety of activities aimed at enriching the lives of low-income residents, including upgrading infrastructure, rehabilitating housing and providing funding for job creation.

In order to ensure funding, the city must first develop a plan of how the funding will be spent.

The public’s participation in developing this Action Plan is critical.  With input from residents, the plan will outline spending goals and priorities for the program over the next five years.

“We would really like to hear from residents of Bessemer about ways they think this funding can improve their communities,” said Toraine Norris, Mayor’s Assistant. “This funding can be used in a variety of ways, whether its improving infrastructure, rehabilitating houses of low income individuals and eligible seniors or improving public facilities and parks to make them ADA compliant.”

The department has two ways this year for citizens to provide feedback. A CDBG Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Bessemer City Hall, 1700 Third Avenue North.  The public is invited to attend.

The second way residents can participate is through an online survey, available until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The survey, developed by Community Development staff, is available at the bottom of this page.

The CDBG program funds 28 eligible activities that include infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, and homeowner assistance, to name a few.

To take part in the survey, click the following link: Click to take Survey

To review past action plans, visit the Community Development page at

To learn more about the CDBG program, visit the following links:


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The city of Bessemer operates a Community Storm Shelter at 651 Ninth Avenue Southwest, next to the Bessemer Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center.

Public Safety personnel will open the Storm Shelter to the public whenever a Tornado Watch or Warning is issued that includes the immediate Bessemer area.  The Shelter will close once the watch or warning is cancelled.

The Storm Shelter can hold up to 100 persons. No pets will be allowed.

Shelter seekers can bring small food items and water to the shelter.


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Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bessemer Civic Center between April 21 and April 30. Classes will include information on: patrol procedures, criminal law, search and seizure, tactical operations, juvenile law, firearm safety and more.

The cost to attend is free. Interested Bessemer residents are asked to contact Police Sergeant Alexia Bruister at 205-417-3900 to sign up or for additional information.  The academy is open only to Bessemer residents.

Download the flyer here


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The city of Bessemer Police Department will host the annual National Night Out in Bessemer on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Bessemer Recreation Center, 100 14th Street South.

The event will take place between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be free food, drinks and popcorn. School supplies will also be given away.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

For more information on the event in Bessemer, contact Police Sgt. Alexia Bruister at 205-417-3900.


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The city of Bessemer and the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce will host an Independence Day Celebration in the city on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

The celebration will take place at Bessemer City High School, 4950 Premiere Parkway. Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until 9 p.m., with the annual fireworks show scheduled for approximately 8:45 p.m. Pyro Shows of Alabama will conduct the fireworks show.

The celebration will include music by DJ Mac Taylor 98.7 KISS FM. There will be free ice cream, watermelon, nachos and beverages. The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor free giveaways.

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Vendors along Second Avenue North in Historic Downtown Bessemer are preparing for a day of fun in the sun with an Old School Summer Block Party scheduled for Saturday, June 8.

The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and last until 8 p.m. The event will be sponsored by The Paisley Pig, LLC. The event will feature food trucks and street vendors. There will also be storewide specials at the Paisley Pig and at United Textiles.  Admission is free to the event.