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Ready Alabama Day helps residents prepare for the unexpected

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Hundreds of people of gathered on Auburn University's campus Wednesday to receive expert advice on becoming prepared before disaster strikes.

"We've had some major disasters in this state. We respond very well to disasters and this is continual preparation for the next disaster that will come because we know it will come," explains Alabama Governor, Robert Bentley.

The goal of Ready Alabama Day is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for any type of emergency as well as demonstrating the state's response capabilities.

First responders and Emergency management agencies across the state were on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to be ready for unexpected disasters.

"Preparedness is the key to as little devastation and loss of life and individuals being injured as much as possible," Says Auburn Mayor, Bill Ham.

An event like this is appropriate to be held on the anniversary of 9/11, a day that touched the lives of everyone in the nation.

A moment of silence was held for those who lost their lives in the attacks, innocent civilians and the brave first responders.

"We've been fighting a long group of wars and it's called enduring freedom and its related to what happened on September 11, 2001. We've had a lot of men and woman that lost their lives, lost their limbs all related to that one incident so we really should not forget," says Bentley.

Get informed, make a plan, and build a kit of essentials.

This advice with help residents, like Tina Cornelius, be ready if and when disaster strikes.

"We're here to just remember what it means in this county to be free," says Cornelius, "To celebrate the freedoms that we have and to enjoy each other and learn how to be safe and take that back to our families."

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