Hurricane season is here and while hurricanes are one of the more severe natural disasters that can impact southwest Alabama, it is not the only one that can strike. Our area is susceptible to tornadoes, fires, floods, and a slew of other natural disasters. However, you do not have to be vulnerable to whims of Mother Nature.

Here are some resources to ensure that you and your family are prepared the next time severe weather strikes:

In March, United Way of Southwest Alabama’s President and CEO Alan H. Turner II was interviewed by Mandy Hicks, the Director of Marketing and Communications of United Way of Southern Kentucky.

Find out how he prepared for his role as President and CEO, who influenced him the most, what his typical day looks like, and his advice for future United Way leaders here.

This past month, PNC Bank once again donated $15,000 towards Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five. The children are mailed high-quality books every month for the first five years of their lives.

Volunteers gathered at VIA Health, Fitness, and Enrichment Center Friday morning to kick-off United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 20th Day of Caring, held each year during National Volunteer Week.

More than 500 employees from 40 local companies participated in the region’s largest single day of volunteerism by spending a work day improving their community. The volunteers worked on 32 projects throughout Mobile, Clarke, and Washington counties at 23 UWSWA partner agencies.

In front of an audience of roughly 300 community leaders, volunteers, supporters, and other community partners at the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s annual meeting and campaign celebration, David Trent, the 2013 Campaign Chairman and Site Director for Airbus Americas Engineering announced that the organization not only reached their goal for the 2013 annual fundraising campaign, but soared past it. “I am proud to share that during the 2013 campaign, individuals and businesses throughout southwest Alabama embraced our new community impact process. As support for our focus on the building blocks grew, so did our campaign. I am pleased to announce the 2013 campaign raised $5,003,272, a 5.2% increase over the previous year’s successful campaign.”

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