ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) - City leaders and department heads from Baldwin County all met Thursday, July 18, 2013 to go over information that could save lives. The sheriff, school leaders, mayors and other city officials from around Baldwin County converged on the Emergency Operations Center for a refresher of sorts.
With the 2013 hurricane season well under way, EMA Director, Mitchell Sims held a hurricane briefing to drive home important details.
"We use this as an opportunity to remind everybody of all of our roles and responsibilities and what our plans are and how we're going to put those in place," Sims explained.
EMA officials covered a variety of topics but there were a few that got the most attention.
"How we're going to evacuate people…how we're going to shelter people…how we're going to try and get people out of here completely," Sims said.
It's been a quiet start to hurricane season this year, but those of us who live on the gulf coast know that can change quickly. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a potentially very active season. With the potential for storms high, city leaders want to be prepared and have specific concerns of their own they want addressed.
"The only thing I wanted to accomplish is to develop some type of emergency plan for city complexes along the lines of generators and those types of things," said Spanish Fort mayor, Mike McMillan. "I want to see what they have laid out here that perhaps we could take advantage of."
While it's critical that the elected officials are up to speed on the latest emergency plans, what's even more important is what they do with that information when they get back to their communities.
"These folks count on their elected officials to be making the best decisions for them because if we evacuate, we're trying to save lives, but if we do that without lots of careful planning and thought, we start affecting people's lives," said Sims.
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th and the NOAA says there's a high likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms with up to six of them being category three or higher. An average year would see 12 named storms.
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