Bachus tours state EMA facility

Published 10:31 pm Thursday, August 7, 2008

Congressman Spencer Bachus visited the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Tuesday to gain firsthand knowledge on the agency’s preparation for hurricane season and other potential disasters.

Bachus, who represents Alabama’s District 6, met with AEMA Director Brock Long and other staff members as they outlined the agency’s preparedness plan for the current hurricane season.

“It’s important for all lawmakers to understand our process and procedures at the State Emergency Operating Center,” said Long.

“We are excited Congressman Bachus was able to take time out of his schedule to be reminded of our activation procedures and other polices related to severe weather and other disasters,” he added.

“The recent storm in the Gulf of Mexico, although it did not impact Alabama, has us thinking about the potential danger of a hurricane,” said Bachus. “I was very encouraged after touring the AEMA and talking with Director Long and seeing for myself how prepared the emergency managers are in Clanton.”

AEMA is monitoring Tropical Depression Edouard. We are also in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center. We want to remind Alabamians to be prepared for hurricane season if they haven’t done so already. Residents need to have a three-day supply kit, an emergency communication plan and know their evacuation route. Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

–from staff reports