State's Hurricane Preparedness Tested

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State, federal and local officials prepared today for a worst-case-scenario hurricane and found that their hurricane preparedness, while good, can always use some improvement.

After practicing for a Category Five hurricane packing 160 mile per hour winds at landfall, Governor Bob Riley said Alabama's hurricane plan is "probably the best plan in the United States."

It involves using school buses to run their regular routes along the Gulf Coast to pick up evacuees and transport them to shelters at two-year college campuses throughout the state.

Riley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency director Bruce
Baughman said they are working on having an adequate fuel supply
for emergency workers and utility repair crews after a devastating

They are also trying to make sure emergency radio
frequencies are coordinated to prevent communication problems.

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