The National Weather Service used special software called 'HURA-VAC' to simulate a real hurricane then asked participants to assess how they'd respond.
Experts say the region hasn't seen a bad hurricane since the late 1800s so it's important to keep skills fresh.
Says Jeff Evans with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, "When you haven't dealt with it in a long time, there are so many decisions that need to be made, and so what we want to do is give them the products that the weather service would be providing so that they can understand those and know how they will impact their decisions."
More than 65 emergency management employees gathered from as far west as Ozark, Alabama to practice with the HURA-VAC software.
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