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State Be Ready Day is Thursday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Troy. The free event will be held in the Sartain Parking Lot on the Troy University campus.
The event, sponsored by the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Alabama Department of Homeland Security, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the Pike County Emergency Management Agency and Troy University, is part of National Preparedness Month.
Participants will view equipment and displays of emergency management agencies, first responders and volunteer organizations; take part in interactive demonstrations; and learn about the role individuals can play in preparing for natural and human-made disasters.
"We are glad to be a part of the statewide Be Ready Day event," says Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator. "Extension is a great source of emergency preparedness information and storm recovery safety tips for Alabama citizens."
Extension will display its portable Internet trailer at the event. The self-contained Wi-Fi hot spot has its own power source (generator), a satellite dish to provide Internet access and a wired/wireless network to allow many types of devices to connect and use the Internet. The on-board generator also provides power to recharge devices such as cell phones and laptops.
Gov. Robert Bentley, along with Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Spencer Collier, director of Alabama Department of Home Security, Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Jon Mason, director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, will lead a program commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
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