New Brockton Hurricane Workshop

Emergency management personnel from 10 Wiregrass counties met for a hurricane workshop conference Thursday in New Brockton.

The day-long session also involved Red Cross representatives and health department personnel.

The topic of shelters drew the most attention.

Alabama EMA personnel say Hurricane Katrina has shown us the first 72 hours following a devastating storm is critical in providing shelter for the victims.

"That’s exactly right. We need to encourage everybody to be ready for 72 hours. We’ll try and get their quicker. But 72 hours is a standard to be ready to take care of yourself and your family," said Pete McGough, Region 2, Alabama EMA.

Thursday's conference also went over mitigation and other important financial matters in regard to major storms.