MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WIAT) — Gov. Kay Ivey is urging all Alabamians to have a plan ready in case of a disaster as this month marks the start of National Preparedness Month.
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“Alabama is no stranger to the unpredictable and sometimes damaging effects of Mother Nature,” Governor Ivey said in a press release. “While we can’t stop a hurricane, tornado, or flash flood, we can take steps to reduce their impact on our lives and better protect ourselves and our loved ones.”
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend that every home have a basic emergency go kit, which includes:
- Water and non-perishable food are enough for several days
- Cell phone with weather/news apps and additional cell phone battery or charger
- Battery operated or hand crank operated radio capable of receiving NOAA weather radio alerts as well as local newscasts
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Prescription drugs and glasses
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
“National Preparedness Month is a good time to focus on creating your personal plan to be prepared in the event of a disaster. This includes access to up-to-date information, the ability to communicate with family and loved ones, and also having a go-kit with you – everything you need when you’re cut off from basic services. I encourage everyone to start planning well before an emergency occurs,” Ivey said.
Alabamians should also develop contingency plans with family and close friends in the event an emergency evacuation and search for shelter is required.
“While any time before a disaster is a good time to start making plans,” Ivey explained. “I encourage all residents of Alabam to prepare for emergencies now to reduce the harm that could happen to them and their families on the road.” Plan to be ready!”