Riley declares state of emergency
Published 12:26 pm Sunday, August 24, 2008
CLANTON – At the request of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency,
Governor Bob Riley declared an official state of emergency in Alabama today
due to the threat posed by Tropical Storm Fay. The emergency declaration
enables the Governor to invoke various emergency preparedness measures.
The Alabama National Guard has worked with AEMA to deploy four, five-ton
trucks and drivers to Baldwin, Geneva, Houston and Mobile Counties. These
trucks will be in place in the event a rescue mission is necessary.
“Based upon on the track of TS Fay some of the Southern counties are likely
to receive a significant amount of rain and possible damage, and that’s why
it’s important to have this declaration in place” Governor Riley said.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is directed to make the
appropriate assessments of damages and seek the necessary state and
federal assistance for the affected areas.
As of 8AM today (Saturday), the State Emergency Operating Center is
operating at level three. The SEOC is closely monitoring estimated rain
projections and flood zones. The Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) teams are in Alabama working with AEMA to provide a liaison between
the two agencies.
“We want Alabama residents to know TS Fay has the potential to produce
severe weather and therefore we want to stress the need for individual
preparedness, said Brock Long. “It’s our mission to assist the residents of
Alabama, but it’s essential for everyone to have an emergency preparedness
kit, know their evacuation route and listen to the direction of local officials.”