Over 450 local students get ready for anything at Be Ready Day

BIRMINGHAM,Ala. (WIAT) — About 460 students from area schools came out on Thursday for “Be Ready Day” at the Summit to learn about safety from the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency.

Many of the agencies that would respond in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency were on display.

The students got to hear from meteorologists and meet local police officers and firefighters. They even got to tour some emergency response vehicles.

Jefferson County EMA Director Jim Coker says by teaching these students how to handle an emergency, the message to “Be Ready” reaches well beyond those who attended this event.

“Children – the kids – they’ll go home and they’ll tell mom and dad, they’ll tell people at church, they’ll tell people at school,” Coker said. “They’re a great way to help spread the preparedness, Be Ready message. They remember!”

Today’s event coincides with other preparedness events across the country. September is National Preparedness Month. For more information on how you can be prepared in the event of a natural disaster, visit ready.gov.

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