Gov. Riley Authorizes Hurricane Aid

Gov. Bob Riley authorized the state Saturday to provide emergency aid to help Florida recover from the destruction of Hurricane Charley, which left at least 15 people dead and thousands homeless the day before. "The hearts and prayers of all Alabamians go out to the victims of this terrible storm, and our state will do whatever we can to help Florida's recovery efforts," Riley said on Saturday.

Riley said he spoke with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by telephone Friday, and pledged any assistance needed from Alabama, and authorized the following assistance based on

Florida's request:

  • Three Blackhawk helicopters from the Alabama National Guard were sent to Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach.
  • A 10-person emergency response team, consisting of members of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and local agencies, was sent to an emergency operations center in Tallahassee.
  • Two AEMA regional coordinators were sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington to respond to all states, including North and South Carolinas, hit by Charley.

    Riley said the state would stay in contact with Florida emergency agencies to coordinate any further requests