Alabama hurricane exercise

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.

Bentley and Faulkner said at a news conference in Montgomery Wednesday that the state conducts similar exercises every year, but one purpose this year is to make sure workers have not become complacent because there has not been a major hurricane in the last year or so.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency officials received an early wake-up call and were notified that Hurricane Juliet had made landfall at about 2 a.m. near Pascagoula, Miss.

Hurricane Juliet was not real, but it gave EMA local officials and the National Weather Service a chance Tuesday to practice what they would do in the event of a real category 3 storm.

Most of the exercise took place at EMA headquarters in Clanton.

Alabama's Emergency Management Agency plans to conduct an exercise to practice how the state would respond if a Category 3 hurricane were to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

   EMA officials said they would work with other state agencies and private groups to simulate the state's response to a hurricane.

   For the purpose of the exercise, the simulated storm will be called Hurricane Juliet. EMA officials said more than 170 people would participate in the exercise, which will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the EMA headquarters in Clanton.