SALT Development Preparedness Committee’s Kits for Kids program was held at the Middleburgh Elementary School on Friday, May 12, 2017 in order to provide emergency preparedness education and kits to 255 students. The goal of the program was to empower and educate children so that they are equipped with the tools they need to be and stay resilient in the face of future emergencies.
The half-day program consisted of five stations, serving students from grades 2-6. In the first station, the students learned about the items in their emergency preparedness kits and why these items are important in an emergency with SALT’s Executive Director, Sarah Goodrich. In the next station, they began working on the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services (OES) activities book on 101 ways to stay safe with School Counselor, Heather Howe. The students then got to learn from Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Nelson Armlin and tour the Mobile Incident Command. The fourth station was with the Cobleskill Police Department, where the students got to meet Chief Bialkowski, Patrolman Sniffen, and Canine Wilson and learn more about their K-9 unit. The last station was with the Schoharie County OES Office, where they got to meet and learn from Matt Brisley the Schoharie County Fire Coordinator, Greg Baxtor the Schoharie County Deputy Fire Coordinator, Mike Walsh with the Huntersland Fire Department, Floyd Seales the Schoharie County Deputy Fire Coordinator, and Bill Henry with the Summit Fire Department.
This year’s Kits for Kids program was made possible by a grant awarded from the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), donations from Catnap books, donations from Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), donations from Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego & Montgomery Counties (RHENSOM), and donations and coordination efforts from the Office of Emergency Services. The SALT Development Preparedness Committee organized the program with the assistance of the Middleburgh Elementary School Counselor, Heather Howe.
Thank you to Middleburgh Elementary School for being hosts of this year’s Kits for Kids and to all of the emergency service providers who came out to talk with the students about emergency preparedness. You can find pictures of the event on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/SALTDevelops/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1498982046802926. To see footage of the event, taken and developed by SchoPeg, head to https://schopeg.vids.io/videos/d49ad8b21e1fe2c65c/kits-for-kids-mbrg-es-4-12-2017.
To get involved contact the Preparedness Committee at email@example.com 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!