MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Tourism Department wants to know where the available hotel rooms in the state are, should they be needed by people fleeing Tropical Storm Isaac’s path.
The department is helping emergency management by putting together lists of available hotels as far north as Decatur and Florence.
“That’s all we’re doing, putting a plan in place,” said Edith Parten of the tourism department. “If particular areas book up, we can say, ‘There are hotels in north Alabama.’ We want to be able to provide that information.”
Parten said that in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, there were evacuees around the state, including north Alabama.
Tropical Storm Isaac is not nearly as strong as Katrina was, but Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered lower portions of Baldwin and Mobile counties evacuated.
Current tracking models show the storm making landfall west of Alabama.