COPY-Gov. Bentley mobilizes 1,400 Guardsmen

Governor Robert Bentley has mobilized approximately 1,400 Alabama National Guardsmen to provide emergency assistance to the Alabama counties impacted by the severe weather outbreak.

With the activation of the Alabama National Guard, the guardsmen will be on the ground early Thursday morning to help with search and rescue operations, logistical coordination of debris removal and provide security assistance to local law enforcement agencies.

"I have activated the Alabama National Guard to provide assistance whenever and wherever they are needed to help our local communities that have experienced widespread destruction today," said Governor Robert Bentley. "These guardsmen are well trained and will take every action necessary to protect lives and property in this emergency."

Counties that have requested assistance from the Alabama National Guard include:  Marshall County, Tuscaloosa County, Limestone County, Cullman County, Jefferson County, and Lawrence County.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor Bentley's Press Office