Mentone’s Camp Laney becomes first camp in Alabama to be “Storm Ready”

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MENTONE, Ala. (WHNT)- When parents send their kids off to summer camp, they naturally worry and hope and pray they will be safe.   At Camp Laney in Mentone, a camp for boys, parents have one less thing to worry about.

"It's been a process," said camp owner Rob Hammond. "It's been about a year long process.  The national weather service has been out here.  We've gone over to Huntsville and toured their headquarters."

Camp Laney was designated Tuesday as the first camp in the state of Alabama to be "Storm Ready."   It's a designation used by the National Weather Service to denote areas, business or organizations that have taken steps to make sure they are ready to deal with severe weather.

"This program is a way we at the national weather service can work with local entities and organizations to get everyone as prepared as possible in the event that, as we know in our area it's not a matter of if, but when severe weather strikes," said Tim Troutman with the weather service.

Camp Laney has too large storm shelters on site that can hold all of the boys who would be at the camp at any given time.

"Camp Laney is the 7th camp nationwide that has been recognized as a storm ready supporter," according to Troutman.  "And in the state of Alabama they are the first camp to receive that recognition."

"We feel more prepared for bad weather than ever now," added Hammond.