Alabama – Alabama Army National Guard armories in the state have been opened as shelters for persons evacuating from Hurricane Ivan.
Guard officials said armories will be open indefinitely for persons needing temporary shelter as a result of the hurricane. Although the armories will have areas for sleeping and restroom facilities, evacuees using the armories as temporary shelter must bring their own sleeping bags or other type bedding and food. The National Guard will not be able to furnish food, cots or other items of this type.
Shelters and Animals Many storm shelters do not accept pets. West Alabama Animal Rescue already has a number of foster homes set up to take pets for the short term. They are also looking for more foster homes. The Emergency Animal Rescue Service in Birmingham also can house pets (primarily dogs, cats and horses) - the boarding is offered at no cost.
Tuscaloosa – In cooperation with the Red Cross and the Emergency Management Authority, The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority is preparing its activity centers to serve as emergency shelters for Alabamians seeking refuge from hurricane Ivan.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Governor Bob Riley has ordered the evacuation of areas in Mobile and Baldwin counties that are south of Interstate Ten. The governor says the areas are in imminent danger from Hurricane Ivan. The mandatory evacuation comes after Riley ordered people in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island to leave.