MN HOSA Hold Second Disaster Readiness Camp
In response to the 2012 Northeastern Minnesota Floods and the help of the MN Department of Health- Office of Emergency Preparedness, Duluth HOSA members along with advisors Bill Neiss, Kim Olson, Robin Bondhus, and Candy Leopold, held its second Disaster Readiness Camp outside of Proctor on June 18th.
The day consisted of education, hands on, teamwork, and careers in emergency preparedness. Participants were between the ages of 8-15.
A local weatherman, Ben, came for a return visit to the camp to help students understand weather emergencies and how the television weather people know when to announce watches or warnings. He also explained through experiments the intensity of lightning and winds.
Next on the agenda was a session on emergencies using the Department of Health- Officer of Emergency Preparation's curriculum DRAT (Disaster Readiness Action for Teens) and Psychological First Aid in a discussion on what the effects of the floods of 2012 had on people in the area.
Hands on skills included an Introduction to CPR and First Aid followed later in the day with a disaster drill for kids- weather related and did inlcude "blood". Using HOSA's goal of teamwork and leadership they were put in groups and given materials to build a shelter.
The day concluded with the Fire Department, Ambulance, Search and Rescue, and County Sheriff complete with emergency vehicles arrived to talk to the participants about thier roles in Emergency preparedness and giving the kids a chance to check out the vehicles.
All participants received a DRAT Back pack, certificates and a lot of knowledge to take back home to teach others.
There are many people to thank in Northeast Minnesota for a successful day including the Career volunteers, Local Newspapers and TV stations, parents, and the Duluth HOSA Students.