HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Sixth grade students from across Alabama
will learn how to prepare and respond to disaster during "Be Ready" camps at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

A total of 186 students will attend the two separate camps. The first camp began Tuesday and runs through Saturday. The second camp
will be Sept. 14-18.

The camp will teach students how to prepare and respond during any type of disaster and will encourage them to seek future jobs as first responders.

Alabama Homeland Security Director Jim Walker said it's important to encourage young people to become police officers, firefighters or military personnel to insure there is not a future shortage of first responders.

The students will get a chance each week to respond to a mock disaster.

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