Ready Alabama event highlights emergency preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) joined more than 20 emergency response and volunteer organizations to increase public awareness of readiness in the event of a disaster or emergency during Ready Alabama Day held on the lawn of the Alabama Capitol on Friday.

The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Services coordinated the event. It is held each September as part of National Preparedness Month.

This year's event highlighted the state’s response capabilities with interactive demonstrations and showcases of response equipment. 

The highlight of the afternoon was the exhibition of the Human Patient Simulator, which gave attendees a first-hand look at how technology is used in training.

“This is the 10th year we've celebrated Ready America and we are always proud to have the CDP participate and share in National Preparedness Month," Jon Mason, the director of Serve Alabama, said. "The patient simulators are always a high point for all ages. It’s good to show our young people training technology and possibly inspire them for a career in service. The CDP’s focus on training and preparedness is important not only to Alabama, but the nation.”

Approximately 550 emergency responders and youth from area schools attended this year's event.

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