Alabama talks hurricane prep
Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, attended the workshop with a few members of his staff.
He said the meeting is especially important to supporting agencies like the Guard, so they're aware of what they'll be asked to do in hurricane responses and where they'll need to be.
The Guard conducted its annual hurricane exercise in May, as did Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Alabama Department of Transportation.
The 2009 hurricane season is expected to be busy, but about normal, with nine to 11 tropical storms, four to seven hurricanes and one to three major storms. Last year, there were more storms that normal in all categories.
Jim Stefkovich, meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service in Birmingham said there's no way to tell yet how many of those will head to the Gulf of Mexico.