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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Alabama talks hurricane prep

Gov. Bob Riley hosted a hurricane preparation workshop today to make sure individual agency plans jive with others and that key players are aware of their responsibilities and resources available to them.

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.

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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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