Alabama Prepares For Isaac
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing to help victims of Isaac from right here in Montgomery.
Meanwhile Governor Robert Bentley has announced some changes to his statewide emergency declaration as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the coast.
Maxwell Air Force Base is one of three staging areas where FEMA is pre-positioning supplies.
FEMA disaster supplies are rolling into Montgomery.
Truckloads of emergency items like generators, water and "meals ready to eat" stand ready to be shipped. FEMA district manager Bond Luddeke says they treat vicitms like they're family.
Bond Luddeke, District Manager, FEMA, says, "We want to make sure our families are well taken care of and make sure people get what they need.
FEMA trucked in around 100 million dollars in supplies..based upon pre-planning with the states.
"We look at those requirements and we also look at the ability to distribute materials that way we bring enough supplies to respond to anticipated need," said Luddeke.
Sunday, mandatory evacuations were a part of Governor Robert Bentley's emergency declaration. Now he's re-evaluating that decision.
"We still want to keep the mandatory evacuations in place but there may be certain areas especially in zone 2 that we will give some discretion to our local officials," said Bentley.
Meanwhile Maxwell personnel stand ready to assist.
Col. Trent Edwards, Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, says, "This is an incredible show of support between the local the state and the federal agencies and how we cooperate and work together."
FEMA will continue staging supplies at Maxwell until they're no longer needed.
FEMA is also staging supplies in Meridian Mississippi and Jacksonville Florida.