Riley wants communities to participate in "Be Ready Sunday"

MONTGOMERY, AL - As part of the "Ready Alabama" campaign, the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is encouraging religious leaders of all faiths to participate in "Be Ready Sunday," an initiative aimed at educating congregations on how to prepare for and respond to disasters.

Governor Bob Riley is calling on religious leaders to take advantage of the statewide effort this Sunday, September 26th, or their nearest day of worship, to inform their membership of how to be informed, be involved and be ready.

"Alabama's faith-based organizations have always played a critical role in disaster response," said Governor Riley. "We want to provide leaders of congregations the tools they need to prepare their members and activate them when the need arrives."

Religious leaders are encouraged to include disaster readiness information in their Sunday bulletins and websites, and to speak on the importance of disaster readiness.

"By participating in Be Ready Sunday, people of faith, their families and their communities will become more resilient to any disaster or emergency," said Sydney Hoffman, Director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. "The first step in disaster preparedness is to be informed and know what to do in case of a disaster. Raising awareness about potential hazards and creating an emergency plan and kit saves time, worry, money and can even save lives."

Congregations seeking the preparedness tools should visit or Contact the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at 334.954-7440