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:
- Be Ready Day: Wednesday, September 1: The 2010 Be Ready Day will be held in Birmingham at Linn Park. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Hundreds of emergency first responders, volunteers and faith-based organizations will use interactive tools to teach kids and adults how to be prepared.
- Be Ready Camp: 160 Alabama sixth-graders will travel to Huntsville to learn the jobs of first responders. The camp, held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in two sessions (September 6-11 and September 13-18), will teach children first aid, search and rescue techniques, and communications during a disaster. The media is invited to observe the mock disaster where the students will don emergency response gear and practice saving lives from a pretend plane crash. The mock disasters will be Friday, September 10 and September 17 starting at 6:15 pm.
- Ready Sunday: Sunday, September 26: In an effort to spread the preparedness message to all places, houses of worship are being asked to deliver the "Be Ready" message by inserting information in bulletins and on web sites.
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.