Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will hold a news conference Monday at 11:00 a.m. in Mobile to update the state's preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac. WAFF 48 News will carry the news conference live WAFF.com.
The following is a news release from the Office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley:
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Sunday declared a statewide State of Emergency and issued mandatory evacuation orders ahead of Isaac's expected landfall as a hurricane along the Gulf Coast.
"I am urging everyone to take precautions now, monitor weather warnings, and be prepared for whatever Isaac may bring," Governor Bentley said. "By declaring this state of emergency, I am mobilizing the resources our communities need as the storm approaches."
"This state of emergency indicates we are drawing closer to feeling the impact of Isaac," Alabama EMA Director Art Faulkner said. "Please make preparations now for the potential impact of strong winds and heavy rains for your area."
Governor Bentley is also ordering a mandatory evacuation beginning at 8:00 Monday morning for Zones 1 and 2 in both Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Bentley is directing the activation of the Alabama Emergency Operations Plan. Governor Bentley is also directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities affected by the storm. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is also authorized to make appropriate assessments of damages following the storm and seek any necessary state and federal assistance for affected areas.
Governor Bentley is also ordering Alabama National Guard troops to be on standby in order to assist communities that may be impacted by Isaac. All key state agencies are also on alert and ready to assist.