One ceremonial 'flick of the wrist' .....symbolizes the construction that has already started on the emergency center.
It houses state and federal emergency personel who are in charge during a crisis.
Bruce Baughman is the AEMA director, "It can withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour. And the intent is to make sure that this facility during emergency operatiosn does not fail."
Governor Bob Riley adds, "If you ask anyone at FEMA who probably has the best system in the united states, they'll say the state of Alabama."
$2.9 million dollars of the $3.5 million dollar price tag is federal money, with the state making up the rest. The governor says it's an effort to help alabamians and more, "We want to be in a position that we not only can protect all the people in this state, give them a different level of preparedness, than any other state, but we also want to be in a position to do what we've done before and that's assist other states."
The 12 thousand square foot two story addition will include private offices, classrooms, storage rooms and an open office area. It's expected to be completed in about a year.