SBP Disaster Preparedness Training


SBP offers one-hour training programs, provided free of charge, that give participants practical training and tools they can use to protect their homes and businesses against severe weather or disasters. The actions recommended by the training can help save lives, homes, property, and businesses, as well as shorten the process of recovery.

This training is coordinated between SBP and the City of Tuscaloosa, and is being offered to any residents of Tuscaloosa County. For more information on the training program or questions about the offered Tuscaloosa Training, contact Charlie Martel, Director of the Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab at SBP at (703) 635-5585 or visit the SBP website HERE

Here are examples of how SBP training can make a difference for homeowners and businesses:

  • Risk Analysis and Emergency Planning— attendees are shown how to find out about their risks generally and when an emergency is imminent. Steps are also provided on emergency response such as evacuation, shelter and supply kits.

  • Physically protecting property – SBP has seen how even a single protective measure can literally save lives and property. The training shares scientifically proven methods to help protect homes and property from wind and water damage.

  • Getting insurance right – All too often families will struggle to recover after disaster because they did not have insurance coverage for the cause of damage. The course will walk through insurance basics and key questions to ask an insurance agent so that attendees can avoid gaps in coverage that would leave them financially exposed to disaster.

  • Saving and keeping critical documents attendees will need for post-disaster recovery - Not having important documents is a common barrier for families and businesses seeking post-disaster government assistance or filing insurance claims. This training identifies the documents attendees will need to get assistance and to take care of financial, legal, medical or operational needs.

  • Business continuity planning - Forty percent of businesses that close after disasters never reopen. Small and mid-size businesses are particularly vulnerable because they often don't have the resources to devote to making a business continuity plan. This training includes a continuity plan template geared toward small businesses to help them plan to stay open through disruption or reopen more quickly.

  • Tools you can use – Every attendee receives a personalized “roadmap to resilience” in the form of a checklist with specific preparedness actions, along with a resource guide that includes information, tools and local and national assistance organizations.

  • Changing Behavior and Measuring impact--Feedback from those who attend the training is used to make sure that SBP is providing new and helpful information and that those who come actually take action to become more resilient. 


Update, 10/4/16: SPB has cancelled some of the training dates in Tuscaloosa. Please check below for the most current list of training opportunities available in Tuscaloosa County.  


2016 Tuscaloosa County Public Training Schedule

  • September 8, 6 PM - Sipsey Valley High School cafeteria, 15815 Romulus Road, Buhl

  • September 26, 6 PM - Paul W. Bryant High School cafeteria, 6513 Mary Harmon Bryant Drive, Cottondale

  • September 27, 1 PM - Focus on Senior Citizens, McAbee Activity Center, Tuscaloosa

  • October 3, 6 PM - Central High School cafeteria, 905 15th Street, Tuscaloosa

  • October 17, 6 PM - Northside High School cafeteria, 19230 Northside Parkway, Northport

  • October 18, 5 PM - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

  • October 20, 6 PM - The Gateway, 2614 University Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa

  • November 1, 6 PM - Tuscaloosa County High School cafeteria, 12500 Wildcat Drive, Northport

  • November 2, 6 PM - The Gateway, 2614 University Boulevard East, Tuscaloosa

  • November 14, 6 PM - Northridge High School cafeteria, 2901 Northridge Road, Tuscaloosa

  • November 15, 1 PM - Focus on Senior Citizens, McAbee Activity Center, Tuscaloosa


SBP has also introduced training for businesses - this training will focus more on preparing your business than preparing your home. The dates for this training are listed below:


  • October 31, 2016 - Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, 2201 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa

  • November 1, 2016 - Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, 2201 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa

  • November 2, 2016 - Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, 2201 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa