MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley called up 130 Alabama Army National Guard units to perform security missions at seven locations housing evacuees from Hurricane Gustav. The units were called up to relieve local, county and state law enforcement officers who have been providing security at each location. This will allow these civilian law enforcement officers to concentrate on their regular duties.
Alabama Army Guard MPs have been sent to Bevill State Community College campuses at Sumiton, Hamilton and Fayette. Other evacuee locations include Northwest-Shoals Community College at Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell, Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and Calhoun Community College in Decatur.
The 231st Military Police Battalion from Prattville will have a command cell located in Decatur. Personnel from MP units in Alexander City, Opelika and Prattville will be at the other locations.
Members of the Alabama State Defense Force are assisting with the delivery of meals and water to evacuees at six locations in the Birmingham area. The SDF is a voluntary unit supporting the State of Alabama and reports to the Adjutant General of the Alabama Army National Guard. The SDF personnel are delivering meals to Jefferson State Community College, First Baptist Church of Irondale, Fair Park Arena, Gardendale Civic Center, Bartow Arena and Lawson State Community College campuses in Birmingham and Bessemer.