Governor Riley will address the state Saturday afternoon at 5:00. WSFA.com will carry the news conference live.
MONTGOMERY- Governor Bob Riley today declared an official state of emergency due to the imminent threat posed by Hurricane Gustav. The emergency declaration enables the Governor to invoke various emergency preparedness measures.
"The tracking of Hurricane Gustav indicates that Alabama is at risk to sustain damage from high winds, heavy rains, and possible tornadoes," said Governor Riley. "I am again urging everyone to take the necessary precautions to ensure your and your family's safety. Because of the high possibilities of damage, it is extremely important to have a declaration in place."
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has been directed to make appropriate assessments of damages and seek the necessary state and federal assistance for the affected areas, if necessary.
Governor Riley has already put 3,000 Alabama National Guardsmen on alert, and the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are also preparing to re-route traffic on I-65, should it become necessary.
The Governor is keeping in close contact with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, as well as local emergency management officials.
The declaration also allows the Governor to invoke Alabama's price gouging law, which applies during times of a state of emergency issued by the Governor.