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Students Learn Importance of Disaster Planning

Posted August 15, 2006 2:42:13 PM CDT

Kids and staff on the steps of the EOCRichmond, TX - Some of Fort Bend County's youngest residents learned about the importance of Disaster Planning by visiting the Fort Bend County Emergency Operations Center on August 1, 2006.

Sixty students from the cities of Missouri City, Stafford, and Sugar Land who were attending the Extended Day Summer 2006 Program at Dulles Elementary, visited the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management to learn how the County protects them from disasters like hurricanes, but most importantly on how they should protect themselves.

Danny Jan, Fort Bend County Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator discussed how staff at the EOC made sure the children understood on their level. "If a hurricane is coming ashore, we can put the hurricane picture in every room." He stated. To explain how information is sent to each room at the EOC, a student was asked to draw a smiley face on a piece of paper. The paper was then shown on a projection system and then broadcast to each room in the building. When the children would go from one room to the next, they were amazed that the smiley face was shown in every room on the plasma televisions.

The children also learned that at the EOC everyone works together to help the community. Although police, fire, and ambulances are out making sure people are safe during a disaster, in the EOC, police, fire, and EMS are all working together to make sure all responders know where they need to be. So while explaining the consoles, computer graphics of a fireman would bounce across the screen at the fire console, while a police car would race across the screen at the law enforcement consoles, and an ambulance on the EMS console.

Margie Rios, Site Coordinator for the Dulles Program, said that the children had the most fantastic time seeing the EOC and learning about the disaster supplies kit. "The kids learned about they can put their most important things in the supply kit, she said." Each of the children discussed what important item they would put in the kit. The children were then sent home with a bag of disaster preparedness materials and were encouraged to discuss disaster planning with their families.


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