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State watching Gustav

Although it’s not known yet if Tropical Storm Gustav will have an impact on Alabama, Governor Bob Riley said state agencies are keeping a close watch on the storm entering the Gulf of Mexico that is expected to become a hurricane soon. The Governor also is reminding Alabamians on the need to be prepared.

“This storm is another important reminder of everyone’s responsibility to prepare for emergencies,” said Governor Riley. “State agencies are monitoring Gustav and will be ready to take action, but I encourage residents to use this time to review and update their personal emergency plans. Make sure you have an emergency kit, a family communications plan, a plan to evacuate if that becomes necessary, a plan to take care of your pets. Just a few minutes of preparation now can make a big difference later.”

Alabama Emergency Management Director Brock Long said, “The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has been in contact with FEMA and the National Hurricane Center throughout the day and will continue to be until the storm is no longer a threat to Alabama. We want to urge residents to be aware of weather conditions and to heed potential warnings from local officials.”

Helpful information on storm preparedness can be found online at www.readyalabama.org and www.ema.alabma.gov.