EMA keeping eyes on Gulf

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 14, 2007

It's a &#8220wait and see” game concerning hurricane season, says Butler County EMA Manager Bob Luman.

&#8220We are keeping our eyes on the radars, and just trying to be as prepared as we can,” Luman said on Tuesday.

While there are no active cyclones in the Atlantic or Pacific, a busy hurricane season has been predicted by the National Weather Service.

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&#8220We have a hurricane conference coming up at the end of this month and that should provide some more helpful information,” Luman said.

According to the county EMA director, emergency shelters for the county have been established: medical needs shelter, Greenville High School; general needs shelters, Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville, Georgiana's First Baptist Church and the Community of Christ Church in McKenzie.

As Butler Countians know all too well from Opal, Ivan and Katrina, hurricanes can cause extensive damage much farther inland than the coastal area.

&#8220It's important people plan ahead and have an evacuation plan in place,” Luman said.

For more information, go to the Alabama EMA website at www.ema.alabama.gov/alabama or call Bob Luman at the Butler County EMA Office at 382-7911.