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8:16 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Emergency Training Planned on Ala Beaches

Officials are conducting a large training exercise along Alabama's coast to prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies.


Helicopters and other equipment will be near Perdido Pass in Orange Beach on Tuesday for what's being called "Operation Raging Winds." The training will include helicopter rescues and beach patrols along the coast.


Organizers are trying to get the word that the activity is for training and isn't a real emergency situation. While the main tourist season is over, thousands of visitors are still in the area.


The training is supposed to conclude by Tuesday evening.


Agencies participating in the exercises include conservation, emergency management, homeland security and public safety.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.