One Emergency Management Agency Closed With Severe Weather Headed Toward Alabama


By Amanda Wade

While people at most emergency management agencies are busy with storm preparations, one county's EMA office in our area is closed for Confederate Memorial Day, which is a state holiday.

Covington County's EMA office is closed; even with severe weather on the way. But other EMA offices decided to open on this state holiday to make sure they were ready for the storms.

The storm system that killed more than one dozen people in Arkansas on Sunday is heading toward Alabama, but in Covington County, the EMA Director says the agency is observing Confederate Memorial Day. The director declined an interview, but an agency member says even though the office is not open, they are still monitoring weather patterns.

The director says the office will open if a watch or warning is issued. As community members prepare for the storms, some say they have mixed feelings on their EMA office taking a holiday just hours before the storms are expected, "It surprises me because I know for several days there's a prediction of bad weather," says community member, Beverly Farrington.

It is a different scene in Butler County. The emergency management agency began planning last week for severe weather. Now, they are holding meetings with county officials and standing by to keep the community safe through the storms, "I'll be getting with the superintendents today and the private schools and road departments and working with them today to make sure they're set up and ready to go," says Butler County EMA Director, Shirley Sandy.

The Covington county EMA assistant director does say he believes they will probably open the office later in the evening.

Stay with Alabama News Network for updates on weather conditions throughout South Alabama.

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