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Program helps kids be prepared

Posted: Friday, Nov 15th, 2013

Courier staff writer

VALLEY — A new San Luis Valley Medical Reserve Corps. (SLV MRC) program is making its way into Valley school districts to help families prepare and respond to emergency and disaster situations.

On Tuesday, SLV MRC unit coordinator Sue Davis received blessings from Valley superintendents during their regular monthly advisory meeting to introduce the “I’m not scared when I’m prepared” project into their schools.

The project, which is based on a similar concept pioneered at the Weber-Morgan Health Department in Utah, is focused on the connection between how adult caregivers react and respond in emergency situations and a child’s ability to respond and recover from the trauma. According to studies behind the project, children feel safer with calm adults that are in control of the situation, and when they are taught what they can do in an emergency or a disaster.

Students throughout the Valley will receive a cinch sack filled with emergency supplies once a number of activities are completed with family. Activities include a family scavenger hunt and completing a family supply list, preparedness word search and a matching activity.

According to SLV MRC research, emergency and disaster preparedness activities empower children and are not intended to frighten them. “Stranger Danger” is one example of a successful program designed to educate children about danger just like “I’m not scared when I’m prepared” project aims to educate children about traumatic situations.

For the complete article see the 11-15-2013 issue.

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