When you think of Alabama, you don’t necessarily think of it as being a risky place to live. Well, there are some risks of living in this state and if you do decide to relocate here, you should prepare yourself for the 10 risks I’ve listed below.
Alabama is one of the most tornado prone states, and the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak was (and still is) the worst natural disaster in the state's history.
If you live near the coast, you can expect hurricanes. Some may weaken before hitting inland, and some may end up being very destructive. Just be ready to board up your windows if you live in the Gulf Coast area.
We occasionally get snow and when we do, it sends everyone into panic mode. The slightest mention of a snowflake causes many businesses to close and schools to shut down. Oh, and don't expect to find bread or milk anywhere!
The summers here are long and the humidity is awful. Absolutely AWFUL! During the summer, your air conditioner will become your best friend. No doubt!
In Alabama, you'll need to be prepared to dodge lots of deer, especially while driving the back roads.
These tiny blood-sucking insects are beyond annoying, and Alabama is covered in them as soon as spring arrives.
Thunderstorms happen throughout the year, and some can be so terrible that they cause major flooding. Whether you live in a flood zone or not, your home might still get flooded. My advice is to get flood insurance if you plan on living here.
With 66 known snake species and subspecies in Alabama, you can expect to see a lot of snakes if you live here, especially on hiking trails or near water.
9. Tolerating Rival College Football Fans
If you're an Auburn fan, you must learn to be tolerant of an Alabama fan, and vice versa. We love college football here and take it very seriously!
10. Fire Ants
Among the several different species of fire ants, the worst is the Red Imported Fire Ant. Its rapid ability to reproduce and painful sting makes it one of the most detested insects around. An interesting fact about these ants is they were accidentally introduced into the U.S. during the 1930s through the port of Mobile.