Mustang Children Learn Preparedness From Oklahoma Red Cross

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Preparedness is important for the kids because it helps ease panic

Summer vacation is a time for fun and education is the last thing on the minds of children. However, for a small group of young children from Mustang, preparedness education was the topic of the day.

About 20 kids from Jiminy Bibletts out of Mustang visit the Red Cross office in Oklahoma City to learn about the agency and to be safe during disasters.

“We’re learning about storms and the different types of severe weather,” said Jiminy Bibletts staff member Many Fields.
The kids learned how Red Cross volunteers respond to disasters like house fires and tornadoes. They even got to look around in an emergency response vehicle to see how meals are served.

Red Cross volunteers and staff then gave the kids a lesson on preparedness. They learned about their safe place and what items should be in their preparedness kit. To help, each child got to decorate a pillowcase and took home some items for their kit.

“Preparedness is important for the kids because it helps ease panic,” said Jiminy Bibletts staff member Hollye Teague. “It teaches them important skills and what to do next if a disaster hits.”

Following the May 2013 storms and tornadoes, the Red Cross has worked with schools, businesses and individuals impacted to make sure they’re better prepared for disasters.  In the last year, volunteers have educated nearly 3,000 children in preparedness education and have provided disaster preparedness information to more than 8,500 people in storm affected areas.