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Teachers get tote bags from Emergency Management Office

September 27, 2010
  • From left, Brad Stotelmyer, Washington County emergency planner, and Will Kauffman, Washington County Public Schools school communications coordinator.
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In observation of September as National Emergency Preparedness Month, the Washington County Emergency Management Office is partnering with Washington County Public Schools to distribute tote bags filled with preparedness materials and resources for elementary school teachers.

Schools receiving the materials are Cascade, Conococheague, Fountaindale, Fountain Rock, Funkstown, Greenbrier, Hickory and Winter Street.

The information teachers are receiving will serve a dual purpose.

The first is to encourage teachers to be prepared for emergencies at home so they might worry less when emergencies occur during school hours.

The second is to encourage teachers to communicate the value of being prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies to their students.

Washington County Emergency Planner Brad Stotelmyer is happy to be getting the "preparedness" word out to teachers.

"Teachers have such great influence over so many young lives," he said. "If we can convince teachers of the value of preparedness, imagine the thousands of young minds we can reach.

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"Through partnerships, we can create a better- prepared Washington County."

Materials will include information about preparing adults and children for emergencies, as well as coping with the effects.

Also included are instructional materials and information about the new Severe Weather Preparedness Program for first-graders and the Home Chemical Safety Program that has been made available to fourth-graders in Washington County for 10 years.

Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Verna Brown said the school system has been a valuable partner in spreading the word about preparedness.

"We encourage teachers to work these messages into their activities with students," she said.

"It is never too soon for young people to learn about preparedness, prevention and safety."

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