State leaders focus on hurricane preparedness

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.{}{}{}{}Bentley and Faulkner said at a news conference in Montgomery Wednesday that the state conducts similar exercises every year, but one purpose this year is to make sure workers have not become complacent because there has not been a major hurricane in the last year or so.{}{}{}{}Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.{}{}{}{}As part of the exercise, law enforcement officers were sent Wednesday to interstate exits to practice what they would have to do if a decision is made to reverse flow of traffic on the highways during a storm.