Local emergency management officials are using Hurricane Matthew as an opportunity to remind people to stay prepared for any possible storm.
In Baldwin County in particular, many residents haven’t experienced a major storm before.
The last time the Alabama coast took a direct hit was 2004. Since then nearly 60,000 new residents have located to Baldwin County.
“That’s kind of been our target population of hurricane season is probably close to 60,000 now who have never experienced a storm or a hurricane,” said Baldwin County EMA Director Reggie Chitwood. “Just pay attention particular their neighbors, we ask them to talk to their neighbors or friends who have experienced a hurricane or storm because that is the first place that somebody could get some really good information, from somebody who has been through it and experienced it.”
With the added population, officials are also developing a new evacuation plan for roadways. Which they hope to have completed within the next two years.