Residents in boat survey neighborhood flood damage from Tropical Storm Fay in Debary, Fla., Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Tropical Storm Fay hobbled across Florida for a fifth day Friday as the state's death toll rose to five, while residents began plodding through muddy water to assess the flood damage to their homes. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
CLANTON - At the request of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Governor Bob Riley declared an official state of emergency in Alabama today due to the threat posed by Tropical Storm Fay.
The emergency declaration enables the Governor to invoke various emergency preparedness measurues.
The Alabama National Guard has worked with AEMA to deploy four, five-ton trucks and drivers to Baldwin, Geneva, Houston, and Mobile counties. These trucks will be in place in the event a rescue mission is necessary.
"Based upon the track of TS Fay, some of the Southern counties are likely to receive a signifcant amount of rain and possible damage, and that's why it's important to have this declaration in place." Governor Riley said.
The Alabama Emergency Management is directed to make the appropriate assessments of damages and seek the necessary state and federal assistance for the affected areas.
As of 8 a.m. today (Saturday), the State Emergency Operating Center is operating at level three. The SEOC is closely monitoring estimated rain projections and flood zones. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teams are in Alabama working with AEMA to provide a liasion between the two agencies.
"We want Alabama residents to know TS Fay has the potential to produce severe weather and therefore we want to stress the need for individual preparedness," said Brock Long. "It's our mission to assist residents of Alabama, but it's essential for everyone to have an emergency preparedness kit, know their evacuation route and listen to the direction of local officials."
For more information, contact AEMA Public Information Office at 205-280-2275. Or visit them online at http://ema.alabama.gov