Wiregrass Newsroom: Emergency Management Officials Prep for Gustav

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

"Anybody in the Northern Gulf of Mexico needs to monitor this system closely," said Kelly Godsey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee.

Those were the words the NWS told emergency agencies across the region with a potential category 3 hurricane headed toward the gulf.

"Based upon that forecast we intend to closely monitor this system constantly from now until it makes landfall," said Charles Finney of the Houston County EMA office.

Finney says after this latest update the emergency operations center will not be activated unless the storm turns back east.

This will allow emergency workers to prepare for possible mutual aid requests.

"Once we receive that request we have various teams located in Houston County such as law enforcement, technical rescue, communications and others that would be available for response in certain situations," said Finney.

However, EMA officials say if the storms track takes a turn eastward they're prepared to go into their hurricane preparations plan.