Gulf Coast Hurricane Drills, Social Security Program

May 17, 2016

             

The Alabama Department of Transportation is getting ready for the beginning of hurricane season on June first. Drivers in South Alabama will be seeing more workers along Interstate 65 tomorrow. 

Credit City of Spanish Fort

Josh Phillips is a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Transportation. He says they will be conducting a drill to practice reversing the traffic flow between Mobile and Montgomery.

“It’s an exercise to help us prepare for an event that would cause an evacuation that we call contraflow we would take I-65 and use all lanes to flow northward away from the coast in the event of a hurricane or something like that.”

Traffic won't be affected, and drivers will stay in their normal lanes. But workers will do a dress rehearsal of the actions needed to make the southbound lanes flow northward.

A program is available to help people get a better understanding of Social Security.  The program is called “My Social Security.” It helps people of all ages get a better sense of how social security works. This program can help over 1 Million Alabamians understand what happens under Social Security if they’re retired, a survivor of a deceased worker, or if they suffer a severe and prolonged disability. BJ Jarrett is a spokesman for the Social Security Administration’s National Press Office. He says the program will make everyone’s life easier.

“It is important for us that we try and meet people in the way they want to do business with us. Obviously more and more people are going online more and more seniors are going online today than ever before so we want to give them that flexibility to be able to do business with us that way.”

Jarrett added people of all ages should be aware of all the things Social Security has to offer.

A federal appeals court is ordering a new hearing for an Alabama man sentenced to die for a double murder in Birmingham.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that trial attorneys didn't show jurors enough evidence about Renard Marcel Daniel's horrible childhood.

Daniel's conviction stands in the shootings of John Brodie and Loretta McCulloch in 2001. But judges say the 41-year-old Daniel should get a hearing about his sentence.

The court says defense lawyers didn't show jurors sufficient evidence about a childhood the judges called "nightmarish."

The opinion says Daniel was 3 when his mother killed his father with a shotgun, and he was later subjected to other forms of abuse.