MONTGOMERY, AL – Although the hurricanes churning in the Atlantic pose no threat to Alabama at this time, Governor Bob Riley is encouraging Alabamians to remember that September is National Preparedness Month, a time when they need to plan for disaster.
"Alabama citizens need to be informed and be ready in case of an emergency. That means listening to warnings and announcements, having a family communications plan and an emergency supply kit already put together so it's there when you need it," Governor Riley said.
The emergency supply kit should include a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food. Citizens should also have important documents, medications, hygiene products, a battery operated flashlight, extra batteries, comfortable shoes and raingear and any special care items for the entire family.
Governor Riley also said, "Make sure you know ahead of time the evacuation route from your home and where you can go for shelter. Waiting until a storm is about to hit to plan where you're going only puts yourself and our first responders in danger."
Alabama will be sharing readiness information and celebrating National Preparedness Month during several planned events throughout Alabama. The following is a listing of scheduled events:
These events and programs are sponsored by Governor Riley, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. For more information on the Be Ready Alabama campaign, visit www.readyalabama.org.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor's Press Office