Emergency Planning for Seniors
Posted by: Kathleen on Oct 1, 2012
Troop: Bethwood Troop 6024
What issue did your Take Action project address?
Many people, including the senior population, are not as prepared as we all should be for losing electricity or facing emergencies such as tornadoes.
What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
To educate ourselves, our families and eventually the community about emergency preparedness. To actually prepare 5 senior families for emergencies such as losing electricity or severe weather.
What were the results? How did it affect the community?
All of the girls in the troop participated. The girls decided what needed to be in an emergency backpack and worked in smaller groups to put together one backpack per group for a senior family to use. Now 5 senior families in our community have all of their emergency supplies, including an official weather radio and emergency blanket and first aid kids, in one easy to manage pack. The families of the girls in the troop were effected because each girl was challenged to create emergency plans for different problems, such as fire, tornado, etc.
What did you learn from the experience?
As the girls added supplies to the backpack, preparing for potential disasters became a reality. Ironically the day after we began disaster preparedness training, we had tornado watches in the area, and the girls knew they needed to be prepared.