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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

How prepared are you for the upcoming hurricane season? State emergency leaders refuse to be caught off guard - they're preparing for the worst.

The state has seen more than its fair share of natural disasters this year; from ice storms to flooding and tornadoes. Now, hurricane season is right around the corner.

On Wednesday, Governor Robert Bentley and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director talked about the steps state agencies are taking to prepare for hurricane season. They say the National Guard is holding exercises this week to make sure members are ready to respond. On Thursday, the Departments of Transportation and Public Safety will run through the state's evacuation plan.

Dozens of state, county and federal agencies will hold a mock drill activating the state's emergency operations plan. Emergency Management Director Art Faulkner says he wants to make sure first responders are ready if a hurricane hits Alabama..

"In the whole, the objective of this week is to prepare all of our first responders and our state agencies that the governor has at his direction to be able to protect our citizens, respond to our citizens," said Faulkner.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

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