Alabama coast emergency preparedness

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8:16 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Emergency Training Planned on Ala Beaches

Lifeguard with the Gulf Shores Beach Patrol changes the warning flag to double red flags closing the waters at the Gulf Shores Public Beach, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.
AP Photo/Press-Register, John David Mercer

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.