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September 19 2014

HOPE Coalition America Makes Readiness a Priority at Ready Day Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL – September 18, 2014 – Operation HOPE-HOPE Coalition America (HCA) joins Governor Robert Bentley, Serve Alabama and other state and local officials on the State Capitol South Lawn for Alabama’s 9/11 Remembrance Service and Ready Alabama Day event.

“Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and ice storms, Alabama, we have been hit by them all. We have learned from these events and are more prepared than ever,” says Gov. Bentley in fact FEMA says that we are the best prepared state for natural disaster."

In fact, Governor Robert Bentley is called the "natural disaster governor" because of the large number of natural disasters that have taken place over the years.

Alabama historically has a high number of disasters. From 2004 to the present, our State has experienced Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, the Enterprise tornado, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the 2011 historic Tornado Outbreak, the 2014 winter ice storm, and most recently the April 2014 tornado and flooding event. Alabamians are vulnerable to every type of disaster. Preparedness is the key to saving lives, property, and building resilient communities.

“Ready Alabama Day provided a unique opportunity for professional and volunteer responders to interact with citizens by exhibiting response equipment, hosting interactive demonstrations, and stressing the importance of citizen preparedness. The EFFAK and PDPG financial readiness kits were available for attendees, said Damian Carson small business program manager for Birmingham. “One of the goals of HCA, like Ready Alabama Day, is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for any type of disaster or emergency as well as demonstrating our state’s response capabilities.”

The state also honored those who died and those who responded following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The event served as a time to learn how to be better prepared for natural disasters as a part of Ready Alabama Day.  Governor Bentley also lead a pledge for incoming state AmeriCorps members, as Friday marked the Ready Day 20th anniversary.

Serve Alabama, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service, strives to build upon the tremendous ethic of service and volunteerism that is prevalent in the State of Alabama. Serve Alabama, manages the AmeriCorps State program, is designated as the lead state agency for Volunteer and Donations Management in the State Emergency Operations Plan, serves as the State Voluntary Agency Liaison, and manages Ready Alabama the state’s public preparedness campaign.

Since its creation in 2001, HCA has assisted more than 750,000 individuals and families recover from disasters. It is Operation HOPE’s financial disaster recovery division, and is primarily focused on pre and post disaster strategies for America’s economic stability.