Students get opportunity to train for disasters during Be Ready Camp

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Severe Alabama is taking applications for its ninth annual Be Ready Camp.

There are 96 slots for camp slated for March 24 through March 28 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

According to Serve Alabama, the Be Ready Camp promotes citizen preparedness through modified Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). The curriculum includes emergency preparedness, introduction to survival and first aid, developing an emergency kit, creating a family disaster plan, water survival, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, triage, career exploration, and terrorism awareness.

The camp concludes with the students participating in a mock disaster, where they perform search and rescue with professional first responders in a realistic setting.

Current sixth-graders who are interested in attending the camp are asked to write an essay, consisting of 300 to 500 words, answering the question, “What impact can a disaster have on my community, and what can I do to prepare for and respond to a disaster?”

Submissions should include the student’s name, address, telephone number, school and county. Applicants are also asked to include a note from their parent or guardian permitting them to attend.

Students’ essays are due by Jan. 31. Selections will be made by Feb. 15.

Students can submit their essays by email to or via mail at Be Ready Camp, 8 Commerce Street, Suite 1000, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Registration for those students selected will be $75. That fee includes the cost of lodging, meals and a CERT backpack.