This weekend, many across the state will pause to remember those lost April 27th, 2011.
Tornadoes tore through Alabama, killing and injuring hundreds of people across the state.
On that day two years ago, locals found out firsthand why you have to have a severe weather safety plan.
On Tuesday, state leaders recognized one local university for taking steps to keep the student body safe.
The University of North Alabama is now designated a storm-ready university.
UNA is the fifth Alabama university to have earned the "storm-ready" recognition from the National Weather Service.
More than two dozen campus officials and students were on hand for the formal announcement.
Over the last 12 months, officials at UNA have taken steps to better equip their campus when severe weather threatens.
Not only has the campus strengthened their ties with local EMA officials and police while reviewing and revising their crisis management plans; they've also created a 24 hour communications center run by trained students and a weather briefing room to help implement the safety procedures.
"We're extremely proud to be recognized as a storm ready university because campus safety is an important part of our protocol at UNA, and we now have protocols in place on campus where everyone knows what to do in an emergency situation and to know that we're following national guidelines and that gives us a little bit of comfort and we're taking care of our people," said UNA President William Cale.
UNA is one of 133 schools across the nation to be considered storm-ready by the National Weather Service.