SALT’s Preparedness Committee will partner with Schoharie County Office of Emergency Service, Middleburgh Elementary School and local businesses and agencies to provide ready kits and preparedness education
to local students in the spring of 2017.
To get involved contact the Preparedness Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 702-5017.
In 2015, Schoharie Area Long Term, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services and AmeriCorps VISTA spearheaded a project to make Emergency Ready Kits for 230 local children.
On Tuesday, December 1st, SALT’s AmeriCorps VISTA team presented its Kits for Kids Emergency Preparedness program to 230 children, ages 4-13, in the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District. Each Kit contained items
such as a flashlight, water bottle, emergency blanket, and stuffed toy, that a child would need during an emergency. In addition to receiving a Kit, the children were taught preparedness tips for power outages, blizzards, fires and floods, as well as mental health calming techniques.
According to one teacher, the presentations were “very effective…[she] liked the way the children moved to different stations[;] it kept their interest….”
The program was completely organized and run by the VISTA team, and all items were donated by local businesses, residents, churches, and civic organizations. Thank you to Dawn Bialkowski and the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District for working with us, and to everyone who donated. Together, we are making a more resilient and sustainable Schoharie County!
Check out the Kits 4 Kids program pictures at the Country Classroom and Gilboa-Conesville School District below!