MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - September 12, 2014 was declared Ready Alabama Day.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and ice storms, Alabama has been hit by them all. In fact, Governor Robert Bentley is called the "natural disaster governor" with how many events have taken place over the years. The governor says we have learned from these events and are more prepared than ever.
"In fact FEMA says that we are the best prepared state for natural disaster," Bentley said.
Leaders say not only do first responders and officials need to be ready for when disasters strike, you do too. They say you should have a plan and kit in place before anything happens.
Basic disaster kit should have enough supplies to last multiple days for each family member. That kit should include: water, food, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, medicine, toiletries, clothes and other important items.
"You just need be prepared to sustain yourself and family for a couple days. That could be for a thunderstorm,much less a hurricane," said Jon Mason, director of Serve Alabama.
Beyond having a kit and plan, you need to also have a way to stay informed. It's very important to have a battery powered weather radio with extra batteries. You can also use our WSFA news and weather apps to help keep you safe.