Seymour provides students, teachers and seniors with emergency preparedness tips
SEYMOUR—As Hurricane Florence pounds South and North Carolina, the town’s emergency responders will be instructing its fourth graders Thursday and Friday on how to prepare for such emergencies.
A similar free program will be conducted at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Pine Street at 11 a.m.. Information will be shared about the town’s emergency shelter and Code Red systems. Those attending will receive a backpack containing items that can be used in an emergency.
The is the 12th year the students are participating in the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) program called Student Tools for Emergency Planning. It comes as part of National Preparedness Month.
FEMA modeled their program after one developed by Richard Kearns, the school’s director of security. He received national recognition for it.
Kearns, Thomas Eighmie, the town’s emergency management director and Brian Friedlander, one of the two school resource officers, are teaching the students about preparation before and during an emergency.
Their recommendations will include building three days of water supply, keeping flashlights with an ample supply of batteries nearby and devising an escape plan as well as a meeting point should family members be separated
Each student will be given a backpack filled with items that can be used in an emergency.
The STEP Program is sponsored by FEMA and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Throughout September, Kearns, Eighmie, Friedlander, along with Fire Marshals Paul Wetowitz and Tim Willis, Police Sgt. Mike Fappiano and School Resource Officer Corey Tomassella, EMS Chief Kyle Kelly and Deputy Chief Brian Ryan, Fire Chief Al Rochelle, as well as other first responders will conduct emergency response drills involving fires, lockdowns and evacuations with all school children through grade 12.
Assemblies will take place at the Middle and High Schools regarding school emergency response procedures which introduce options for students and staff to utilize during lockdown situations.
On Sept. 20 and 21, All Star Transportation Safety Supervisor Brenda Bass and school bus safety team members will join Kearns and the two school resources officers in conducting school bus evacuation drills for students. Students will be taught how to quickly and safely evacuate a school bus in emergency situations utilizing the emergency exits.