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Governor Riley Declares State of Emergency, Price Gouging Law Goes Into Effect

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency for Alabama after he received new information from the U.S. Department of Energy that energy shortages will likely occur in the state due to Hurricane Ike.

The Governor’s declaration notes that “disruption of essential utility services, systems and severe energy shortages will likely occur.”

Earlier in the day, the Governor’s Office noted that an Alabama governor’s ability to declare a state of emergency was very limited. By law, an Alabama governor cannot declare a state of emergency unless there has been or there is anticipated to be an attack on the United States, a natural disaster of major proportions impacting Alabama or a public health emergency.

“I believe this new information means a threat to public health is a strong possibility due to the shortage of fuels,” said Governor Riley. “I deem it an emergency.”

The state law that prohibits “unconscionable pricing” of items for sale or rent goes into effect when the governor has declared a state of emergency.


Hurricane and Tropical Storm Information Links

Before a Hurricane Strikes:
Plan a safe evacuation route and identify safe shelter space within your area. Those in storm surge zones, flood zones, or in less than standard housing should be especially vigilant in preparing disaster plans.

Have disaster supplies on hand, including:

  • Flashlight, portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Emergency food and water (including a non-electric can opener)
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sturdy shoes and a change of clothing
  • Copies of important papers (bank statements, insurance records, deeds, etc.)

When a Hurricane Watch or Warning is Issued:

  • Listen to hurricane progress reports. Follow instructions if ordered to evacuate
  • Check your emergency supplies. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and available cooking pots.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could be wind-tossed.
  • Secure your home by installing hurricane shutters or precut plywood.
  • Trim dead branches from trees.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings if not instructed by officials to turn off utilities.
  • Fuel your car. Review evacuation routes and gather your disaster supply kit.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Review your family disaster plan.

If You Are Told To Evacuate:

  • If officials order evacuation, leave as soon as possible.
  • Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
  • Secure your home. Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the main water valve. If time permits, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or move it to a higher floor.
  • Take your pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm, protective clothing.


Related Links

  • http://www.adph.org/
  • http://disaster.ema.alabama.gov/
  • http://www.ready.gov/
  • http://www.csepp.army.mil/
  • http://al.water.usgs.gov/
  • http://www.servealabama.gov/
  • http://www.dot.state.al.us/docs
  • http://www.alabama.mystateusa.com
  • http://www.fema.gov/
  • http://www.alabama.gov/
  • http://www.areyoureadygoema.com/
  • http://www.homelandsecurity.alabama.gov/
  • http://www.redcross.org/
  • http://www.hurricane.alabama.gov/
  • http://www.good.alabama.gov


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