Training For Disaster

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Hundreds of people across Alabama went through the motions of dealing with a natural disaster. New division offices in the state are helping to better the response.

All hands on deck today across Alabama, acting as if Hurricane Juliet was about to hit.

If Hurricane Juliet blew through the gulf, Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency wants to make it known, “We do this to be read."

The hurricane isn’t real, but the state does have new EMA division offices in Troy and Mobile to better prepare for emergencies.

James Brown, Coffee County EMA said, “The state found that they had a whole bunch of taskings from a whole bunch of counties and having a division level allows for a quicker response to those rather than going all the way up to the state we can handle these at a more local level.”

Brett Howard, AEMA Regional Coordinator said, “During April 27th tornadoes, there were 43 that needed 43 other me’s out there that was not there to send.”

Tuesday, representatives from eight agencies including public health, state troopers, forestry and even corrections officers were at the Troy division.

Realizing they have a major asset for emergency response, just miles away.

Howard said, “They are a big group of fighting men and women that do local response when a disaster hits. When we don’t have something and they’ve got a piece of equipment sitting right there in Ft. Rucker that they can deploy, so it is great to have them here.”

Here for a trial-run so there is no second guessing if make-believe becomes reality.

Howard said, “We can respond faster, we can respond more uniformly. It’s more coordinate. And ultimately save lives.”

The new Troy and Mobile EMA divisions are just two of the seven statewide. Troy University is housing the operation in the University Park building.

Eight to 10 counties make up the divisions training today in Troy and Mobile.

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