As EMA officials gathered in a morning briefing, representatives from the Red Cross, local churches and hospitals sat alongside taking notes, on each and every aspect of the impending storm.
"We've already contacted all the participating agencies that assist us with opening the shelters and got them all ready,” said Red Cross Disaster Services Director Carla Paulk. “We have plenty of supplies, so we're ready to go. We're just waiting to see what’s going to happen."
The same goes for the Alabama Defense Force, who stands at ready while so many National Guardsmen are overseas serving the country. Their job is to provide the EMA with any of their needs.
“We're volunteers; we work for the state. We cannot be sent out of the state and if there is some kind of disaster, be it a hurricane or tornado, they call upon us to come help out giving assessments,” said officials with the Alabama Defense Force.
Though Fay is not a hurricane and compared to other tropical systems in recent memory certainly not a powerhouse, the preparation routine offers valuable practice for everyone involved.
“This is a great training experience for all of the agencies involved in any type of disaster relief,” Paulk said. “Because it gets us aware of what needs to be done to be prepared for any type of major disaster that we have in our area.”
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