The spring season for Alabama residents shouldn’t just have you dusting off pollen but also those emergency kits. As one of the two severe weather seasons that the deep South experiences, we must brace ourselves for everything from severe thunderstorms to deadly tornadoes.
The April 27th anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak that impacted Alabama and killed 240 people serves as a grim reminder of why being prepared is so important. This year, United Way of Central Alabama’s (UWCA) Financial Stability Services will host its “Are You Ready if a Disaster Strikes?” workshop on Tuesday, April 26th.
“We’re holding this event in remembrance of the 2011 tornadoes and to provide steps you can take to prepare for possible future disasters,” said Director of Financial Stability Services Doug Horst.
The workshop will help attendees learn how to plan and be ready before a disaster hits their community. Experts will answer critical questions, such as:
- What constitutes a disaster?
- Where do I store important documents securely?
- How do I create a household plan and emergency kit?
- Am I properly insured?
“Many Birmingham area residents remember all too well the devastation from the tornadoes that occurred on April 27th, 2011,” said Doug. “Hundreds of houses were damaged and destroyed. Families lost important documents and precious household items and couldn’t find prescription medications.”
While we can’t stop severe storms like those of 2011, we can mitigate the effects they have on our lives. Being prepared ensures you’re taken care of if the worst happens. That preparation may even save your life.
“At this workshop, we’ll discuss how to have a plan in place for when a disaster strikes, including if you have to leave your home in an emergency,” said Doug. “We are excited to welcome Vivian Mora, a State Farm agent, to address disaster preparedness, including knowing if your home is properly insured.”