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Baldwin County officials prepare for hurricane season

(IMG: WPMI) Baldwin County officials prepare for hurricane season
(IMG: WPMI) Baldwin County officials prepare for hurricane season

There's a lot of finger pointing as the U.S Senate appears deadlocked on Hurricane Michael relief.

Some are calling it the "forgotten storm," but the debate over money is very much on the minds of local officials mainly because Hurricane Michael could have been our storm.

Maureen Ashmore and her mom are new to Baldwin County and new to Hurricanes both moved Chicago and now live in Foley. Wednesday they were looking for answers at the Annual Hurricane Expo in Orange Beach.

"Hurricane shutters I know are important and then I know to have batteries. Don't know how many you need, so you are new to the area? So it's one of those things where you really have to think about it, yes," said Ashmore.

Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle last Summer and it's these folks that are still waiting on relief money from Washington, FEMA has been here to help but there's much more to be done.

All eyes are on Washington where lawmakers have lumped a relief package with aid to Puerto Rico which also suffered from a devastating Hurricane Maria.

The debate over money may be political but local officials are watching closely.

"It does worry you everyday. It worries you. You know what's going to happen and we put some money aside to help us run our government every year," said Baldwin County Commissioner Charles Skip Gruber.

"The answer is what can we do now to prepare and be in a position to where we can recover quickly and how can we empower now individuals in their homes and businesses?" said Baldwin County EMA Director Zachery Hood.