ST. THOMAS, V.I. -- As part of its Resolve to be Ready in 2011 campaign, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Virgin Island Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) officials visited several schools in the Territory delivering vital disaster preparedness information for the children.
"The main goal of this valuable educational campaign is to engage in a new and creative approach to deliver the emergency preparedness message focusing on known hazards in the USVI, and the importance of having a family plan," said Phil Parr, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO).
A group of bright-eyed second graders gathered in the schools’ library to listen to the presentation, titled Disaster, Emergency, Prepare and Plan and Pets! The presentation highlighted the need to know what are disasters and/or emergencies, how to be prepared, and why it is important to have a plan. The USVI's youngest residents were reminded that their pets were part of the family emergency plan and preparation had to be made for them, as well.
As a supplement to the presentation, FEMA’s Ready…Set…Prepare! activity books were distributed to the students. The message was simple and the children grasped it. "We have to make a plan", said eight year-old, Rodhisha Hendrickson of St Thomas’ Lockhart Elementary School.
Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is a nationwide effort urging individuals, families, businesses and communities to focus on being ready and aware of all the hazards that exist in their communities. It is led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council. Local events are happening all over the country calling attention to the importance of getting people of all ages to make a resolution to be prepared for emergencies.
FEMA's mission to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.