Even if this upcoming tropical weathermaker doesn’t directly impact the Alabama coast, Mobile County EMA is ready for the rest of hurricane season.
The war room, officially known as the Emergency Operations Center, is where everyone involved in disaster response has a seat at the table.
E-m-a deputy director Mike Evans says they're prepared for anything.
"We have all the things we need to do our jobs and take care of citizens and let them know what's coming and what they need to do,” said Evans.
The local EMA met with the National Weather Service and other officials today.
Every local city and town, the national guard, law enforcement and others use the Emergency Operations Center to work together, monitor radar and dispatch aid when needed.
“We do things like have discussions about evacuations, about opening shelters,” said Evans.
Evans says a storm like this offers a good opportunity to rehearse procedures.
“It'll be a great exercise to be prepared for the rest of the season because we are just getting started,” he added.
The brand new ten million dollar facility is built to withstand a hurricane and has generators, a kitchen and plenty of places for people to sleep in case of a long emergency event.
"Severe weather is severe weather, and the potential is there, so you need to be prepared and be ready,” said Evans.
He also wants to remind people not to drive through flooded roads. That’s when first responders have to risk their own safety during water rescues.