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Pensacola evacuees headed to Albany Base

July 8, 2005

Dougherty County -- More than two thousand service members from the Pensacola Naval Air Station are on their way to the Albany Marine Base, to ride out Hurricane Dennis.

 The servicemen and women, including Marines, Navy, and Air Force personnel, are being transported by bus from Pensacola to Albany.

Last September the Albany base hosted 1,300 Marines and Navy personnel, when Hurricane Ivan hit Pensacola, doing a great deal of damage to the Naval Air Station. Albany base officials think that experience will help them better host this year's evacuees.

M.C.L.B. Public Affairs Director Captain Steve Butler said "So this year it is actually running smoother. So when the personnel actually get here, they will be equipped with lodging, food, and activities to keep them occupied."

The Pensacola Air Station evacuees are expected to arrive late Friday night and early Saturday morning. They will stay in Albany until the hurricane threat is passed.

Albany's Marine Base has been used as a relief shelter in weather emergencies for Parris Island and Pensacola Naval Air Station.

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