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Mobile Emergency Information

By: AllyBama, 5:02 AM GMT on August 31, 2008

The Christmas countdown has been suspended until further notice due to Hurricane Gustav (bah humbug!). There is a possibility that I will not be on the blogs for several days if we loose power. I will contact some WU members so they can keep you posted on my well being. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you who maybe in harms way.♥


Shelter hotline established for Gustav evacuees

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has opened a hotline to provide information on shelter locations for those fleeing from Hurricane Gustav. The call center number is 1-800-206-0816.

Also, evacuees can dial 211 to reach a hotline set up by the United Way to help people find shelter locations.

The National Weather Service also suggests people call these numbers for more information:

For road Information call 911 or *HP -- *47 -- from your cell phone.

For hotel information call 1-800-252-2262.

The Red Cross disaster preparedness hotline is 1-866-GET-INFO.

Those interested in volunteering can visit or call 251-5849. The Red Cross is accepting donations online at


the Mobile Bankhead Tunnel will close a 5:00 p.m. this afternoon..


Mobile Regional Airport to shut down
The airport's runway will be closed at 10 p.m. today.MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile Regional Airport will close its runway at 10 p.m. today due to Hurricane Gustav, officials said.

The airport is scheduled tentatively to reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, depending on weather conditions.

Passengers should also check with their airlines for any flight changes.

"Some flights may change otherwise and people need to check with their airline before they come out to the airport."

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Coastal Mississippi and Alabama. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa County FL. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within 24 hours.

Winds pick up today to about 30 mph by this evening. Winds of 45-55 mph with gusts to hurricane strength of 74+ mph are possible overnight Sunday into Monday. Storm surge 6-8 feet west of Cedar Point, 4-6 feet in Mobile Bay and south Baldwin County. Storm surge increases rapidly westward down the Mississippi coast, from around 10 feet in parts of Jackson county to around 20 feet near the where the storm comes ashore. It diminishes to 4-2 feet as you move eastward in the Florida Panhandle. This all hinges on the most current forecast. Remember, The closer you are to the storm, the bigger Gustav's impacts will be.

The current track from the National Hurricane Center has Gustav moving toward Southern Louisiana. This puts the our area on the forward right side of the path which is where surge can be large and tornado risk high.

By Sunday night, waves build at the beaches, and coastal erosion is likely. There is for the threat of water piling up due to a strong south wind. There is good news for our tides right now. We are in a Neap cycle, meaning there is little to no change during high and low tides. However, with a southerly wind direction, and AT LEAST tropical storm force winds (40 mph or higher), we could see the usual spots flood. This includes the west end of Dauphin Island, the Causeway, parts of Bayou La Batre, and Irvington.

Storm surge is expected to be 6-8 feet for locations in South Mobile County. Highest surge in Mobile County would likely be along the Mississippi Sound west of Cedar Point--including Bayou la Batre and Coden. From Cedar Point north along both the western and eastern shores of Mobile Bay 4-6 foot storm surge is possible--including Fowl River, Theodore Industrial Canal, Dog River, and the State Docks area. 4-6 foot storm surge is also possible in southern Baldwin County.

Right now, tropical storm force winds extend out 200 miles and hurricane force winds reach 50 miles out from the center of Gustav. Just some distances to keep in mind, Morgan City Louisiana is about 230 miles away from us, Grand Isle is about 160 miles away (by way the crow flies).

As for thunderstorms, we will see them move in early late Sunday through Tuesday, expect high winds, isolated tornadoes, rain from 3-6 inches possible.


here is the latest information from the Mobile County Emergency Management office.

Mobile County officials have ordered an evacuation of Zone 1, which includes all areas south of I-10 per Walt Dickerson, the county's Emergency Management Director. The following shelters are open in Mobile County:
-- Theodore High School at 6201 Swedetown Road, Theodore
-- Semmes Middle School at 4566 Ed George Road, Semmes
-- Baker High School at 8901 Airport Blvd, Mobile
-- A Medical Needs Shelter at Collins-Rhodes Elementary School, 5110 St. Stephens Road, Eight Mile
--A Pet Friendly Shelter at Semmes Boys and Girls Club (the Old Semmes Middle School) at 3810 Wulff Road, East in Semmes.
Also in Baldwin County, the mandatory evacuation is in effect now for the entire Fort Morgan Peninsula, all areas south of Fort Morgan Road in the city of Gulf Shores, Plash Island and all low-lying, surge and flood-prone areas in the unincorporated county.
Baldwin will open the new county coliseum on Fairground Road in Robertsdale, just east of Alabama 59, at 3 Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette also is now open for evacuees.
For more information contact the Baldwin County EMA at 251-972-6807 or visit For the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency call 251-460-8000 or visit

The following Pick-up sites will be open from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31:
1. Saint Neri Catholic Church – 9101 Dauphin Island Parkway (Belle Fontaine), Theodore
2. Downtown Mobile/DHR/Food Stamp Office – 272 North Broad Street, Mobile
3. Plateau/Magazine Community Center – 850 Edwards Street, Mobile
4. Saraland Municipal Complex – 716 South Highway 43, Saraland
5. B.C. Rain High School – 3125 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile
6. Bayou La Batre Civic Center – 13785 S. Wintzell Ave, Bayou La Batre
7. Alabama Port Fire Station – 3290 Highway 188, Coden
8. McDavid-Jones Elementary School – 16250 Highway 45 South, Citronelle
9. Prichard City Hall – 216 E. Prichard Ave, Prichard
10. Vigouroux Winn Dixie Shopping Center – 9948 Airport Boulevard, Mobile
11. Breitling Elementary School – 8350 Grand Bay Wilmer Road, Grand Bay

Anyone going to a shelter should bring the following:
• Blankets, sleeping bags and pillows
• Medications
• Baby food and diapers
• Water, drinks, sandwiches and snacks
• Flashlights, a battery powered radio (with earphones if possible) and extra batteries.
• A personal first aid kit
• Identification
• Valuable papers (insurance, health, etc)
• Cash
• Entertainment such as books, magazines, puzzles and games.

No Weapons, Alcohol or prohibited substances or items and no pets are allowed in shelters!
These shelters will be staffed with American Red Cross personnel.
Again this is a recommended evacuation not mandatory.
Criteria for Medical Needs Shelters:

What is a Medical Needs Shelter?:
A secure facility with generator back-up power, water, sanitation, limited food service and medical oversight to serve as a refuge of last resort during emergency conditions for persons with physical and/or mental conditions requiring limited medical/nursing oversight who cannot be accommodated in a general population shelter and who bring their own caregiver, medical supplies, equipment and special dietary supplies for a 72-hour period.

It is important to note, a Medical Needs Shelter is not a substitute for hospital care.

Who are considered Medical Needs patients?:

A patient who meets one or more of the following criteria is considered to have Medical Needs. Only those patients who are not bedridden and only require minimal or moderate assistance with daily living activities will be admitted to a medical needs shelter.

• A portable ventilator
• STABLE oxygen, nebulizer or sleep apnea treatment
• Foley/Supra-pubic catheter
• Frequently incontinent (urinary/bowel)
• Ostomies
• Mild dementia: non-abusive or wandering behavior
• Mental illness with nonviolent behavior
Patients requiring Peritoneal Dialysis or IV treatments will only be allowed if care is home managed, self-administered or family assisted.

All patients with Medical Needs must be accompanied by a caregiver for the entire duration of their shelter stay.

What is Medical Shelter Triage?:

Once a patient is admitted to a Medical Needs Shelter, a nursing staff member will evaluate their medical condition to determine the most appropriate course of care or treatment.

However, if at any time a nurse determines that a patient with Medical Needs cannot be adequately treated or cared for at a Medical Needs Shelter, other accommodations may be arranged.

A Medical Needs Shelter is not equipped to care for or treat bedridden patients.
What should a Medical Needs patient bring to a Medical Needs Shelter?:

It is recommended that all Medical Needs patients bring enough items for a 72-hour period.

• Prescription medications and medical supplies
• Bedding materials for cots (sheets, pillows and blankets)
• Contact list for relatives, doctors, etc.
• Nonperishable dietary foods or supplies

Since the storm is forecasted to head west of Mobile. There are arrangements to handle the evacuees from other states. ‘We have promised Louisiana and Mississippi that if it hits there we will absorb 10-thousand evacuees."

here's a link to the closings in our area..I expect it change as Gustav gets closer.


here's a link to information on MS:


here's a link to information on TX:



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