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State Emergency Operations Center On 24 Hour Alert

State preparation and response is managed from the center, and managers at the center are already anticipating recovery.

Throughout the day, state emergency planners worked to move the right equipment into the right place. Gov. Jeb Bush says once the storm passes, people and equipment will be at work quickly.

"My guess is by Sunday you will see a real presence in the region of National Guard, of FEMA personnel, of other communities showing support, and religious groups," says Bush.

Hundreds of utility workers are poised to move into effected areas, but given the path and strength of the storm, many people could be without electricity for a long time.

Craig Fugate, the state emergency director, says, "The Utility people are being very aggressive to get resources in here, but with that kind of damage they may take longer than you expect because they have to physically rebuild those distribution systems and that will take time."

Meanwhile state health officers are worried that people will disregard their safety.

Dr. John Agwunobi, State Health Secretary, says, "Things like water, food, protecting your family, family preparedness and of course injury prevention."

And with Charley posing large dangers, the operations center is already monitoring more tropical systems. The Emergency Operations Center is now on 24 hour alert and will remain that way for several days.


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