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Alabama Gulf coast braces for 2021 hurricane season

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The Alabama Gulf coast is still cleaning up from last year’s storms named Sally and Zeta.

Gulf Coast emergency management officials met recently to make plans for the 2021 Hurricane Season. Baldwin County EMA Director Zach Hood said the region is still recovering from last year.

“We still have compromised structures from last year and so our trigger points in a sense of messaging the community whether to leave, not to leave, what kind of emergency protective actions they should be taking might be more aggressive in a sense that we know that our county’s in a compromised position,” Hood said. “Financially we’re still waiting on reimbursement and also in the sense of structures that took a beating and we’re still waiting on contractors to complete repairs, finish repairs, begin repairs in different households.”

Sally and Zeta left homes covered in blue tarps due to roof damage. Arborists also fanned out to assess what the onslaught of the two storms did to trees around the Alabama Gulf coast.

“We still have compromised structures from last year and so our trigger points in a sense of messaging the community whether to leave, not to leave, what kind of emergency protective actions they should be taking might be more aggressive in a sense that we know that our county’s in a compromised position,” Hood said. “Financially we’re still waiting on reimbursement and also in the sense of structures that took a beating and we’re still waiting on contractors to complete repairs, finish repairs, begin repairs in different households.”

Guy Busby is an Alabama native and lifelong Gulf Coast resident. He has been covering people, events and interesting occurrences on America’s South Coast for more than 20 years. His experiences include riding in hot-air balloons and watching a ship being sunk as a diving reef. His awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists as part of the APR team on the series “Oil and Water,” on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some of his other interests include writing, photography and history. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Silverhill.
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