MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency declaration at 6 a.m. Monday, ahead of Tropical Storm Sally’s official designation as a hurricane.
“Bad weather is nothing to take lightly. Earlier today, I issued a State of Emergency because those on the Gulf Coast know a flood and heavy rains can be just as deadly as tropical winds," Ivey said. "We pray that Sally doesn’t do any harm, but we must be prepared just in case. As your governor, you have my assurance that every resource will be available] if we need it. Be safe, Alabama.”
Forecasts call for heavy rain, flooding, storm surge, isolated tornadoes, and damaging winds to the coast.
Ivey’s declaration activates the state’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton.
It also notifies state agencies to prepare for the storm and puts the Alabama National Guard on alert for possible activation.
The declaration also allows for a waiver of some federal motor-carrier regulations and puts consumers and businesses on notice that price gouging is illegal.
The governor’s offices also urged that anyone responding to the storm is encouraged to remain vigilant against the spread of COVID-19 and that COVID-19 orders will remain in effect.
“However, any of the COVID-19 orders that would endanger any person affected by this storm or impede the ability to preserve human life, prevent human suffering, or protect critical infrastructure are suspended,” Ivey added
A copy of the declaration can be read below.
During a phone call with FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor and Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Monday evening, Ivey asked for that the pre-landfall emergency declaration request be expedited.
“As projections for Hurricane Sally continue to develop, and as Alabama will likely receive significant impact from this system, I have requested a pre-landfall emergency declaration for the state. I just wrapped up a phone call with Acting DHS Secretary Wolf and FEMA Administrator Gaynor and asked them to expedite this request," Ivey said in a statement. "The White House and Trump Administration have been extremely helpful as we have anticipated a potential hit from Sally. I thank President Trump for being a terrific partner for our state as we make preparations. My fellow Alabamians, please continue heeding all local warnings and stay weather aware.”