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Hurricane Preparation Guidelines For ASPA Facilities

The Hurricane Season starts June 1st. The Alabama State Port Authority Hurricane Preparation Plan remains unchanged, but key information is noted below for ready reference.

The following time-table has been established to allow the Alabama State Port Authority adequate time to prepare facilities, while allowing the release our employees to prepare and safeguard homes and families against a storm threat:

  • 96 hours prior to hurricane making landfall
  • Start preparing and gathering needed equipment and supplies
    Notify all parties that in 36 hours all work on ships, railcars, barges and trucks will cease.

  • 72 hours prior to hurricane making landfall
  • Notification that all cargo handling will cease in 12 hours
    No incoming vessels for cargo operations will be granted berth after this period.

  • 60 hours prior to hurricane making landfall
  • No more cargo handling
    Complete all facility preparation and securing; relocation of equipment, etc.
    All vessels not approved by USCG to remain in port are to sail immediately

  • 36 hours prior to hurricane making landfall
  • All preparation is to be complete
    All employees not required to remain through the storm will be released.

Once a hurricane passes, employees are to report to work as soon as they can safely travel. Upon initial evaluation of port condition, a notification will be sent to Storm Update Community by email. Periodic updates will follow.

Updates, harbor conditions and return to work information will be posted to the Alabama State Port Authority toll free Emergency Hotline at 888-251-5755.


report all security incidents or suspicious activity
aspa port police: 251-441-7777
up-to-date information on port operations, return to work and channel conditions
aspa hotline: 1-888-251-5755
aspa welcomes anonymous or attributed notification of any questionable or illegal activity on port authority property
aspa ethics & compliance hotline: 1-800-939-3393
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