Governor Robert Bentley announced that he would be skipping the Republican National Convention in Tampa in preparation for the possible landfall of hurricane Isaac on the Alabama coast in a press release on August 25, 2012.
The RNC has announced plans to cancel the convention opener on Monday due to Isaac.
At 5:00 a.m. EDT on August 26, 2012, Isaac was about 205 miles east-southeast of Key West, according to the U. S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Landfall is uncertain at this point but the expected areas of potential landfall do include Alabama’s Gulf coast.
Governor Bentley urges the people of Alabama to make use of the resources provided by the state to be as fully prepared and protected from a potential landfall in Alabama by accessing the Ready Alabama web site at www.readyalabama.gov or on Twitter by following @readyalabama.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency also has information online at www.ema.alabama.gov and on Twitter by following @AlabamaEMA.
Even if you do not agree with Bentley’s politics, you have to respect his interest in the welfare of Alabamians in his efforts to bring the BP DeepWater Horizon oil spill litigation to a successful close and his leadership and cooperation with state and federal groups in dealing with the aftermath of two devastating tornado events in 2011 and 2012.
Bentley obviously wants to be on site in case the worst happens so he can facilitate federal disaster relief and state assistance to victims of hurricane damage.
Some opine that natural disasters make people stronger. That is a fact. Having been personally involved in one of the tornado events of 2012, one might opine that the people of Alabama are strong enough at least for one year.