The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 15, 2013

Alabama EMA to simulate hurricane for exercise


Associated Press

— CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Emergency Management Agency plans to conduct an exercise to practice how the state would respond if a Category 3 hurricane were to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

EMA officials said they would work with other state agencies and private groups to simulate the state's response to a hurricane.

For the purpose of the exercise, the simulated storm will be called Hurricane Juliet. EMA officials said more than 170 people would participate in the exercise, which will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the EMA headquarters in Clanton.

During the exercise EMA will simulate the activation of the agency's new division offices in Mobile and Troy.