MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama is feeling some of the effects today from subtropical storm Alberto, but the state's first responders have been activated for days trying to get in position to respond.
There have been constant planning calls between the first responders all preparing potential responses. According to EMA Director Brian Hastings, the main concern is flooding especially if a band gets stuck over an area more than a foot of rain could be dropped in one place. Also, if a river is nearby it could escalate the issue.
Hastings says starting last week a lot of resources were redistributed from north to south. The national guard is also ready to be deployed in case of high water rescue and there is already a surge of personnel with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency south. The Alabama Department of Transportation has also been getting ready by prepping sandbags.
The teams are set in position, now it's up to communication to make sure everyone can respond.
"As long as we are talking on the fly, if things happen, because things already happen during disasters we will know we will identify assets and resources and hopefully help the counties down south respond in a reasonable and appropriate manner," Hastings says.
Right now, the EMA is in level three which is a little more alert than the usual day to day operations but if the storm or flooding intensifies they are ready to increase their level.