Nine-year-old Ty Ambush said he was ready to tackle any emergency with the safety tips he learned Tuesday during Preparedness in the Park at Hagerstown City Park.
Ty and dozens of other pupils from St. Mary’s Catholic School received flashlights, whistles and other safety-oriented items that organizers passed out at the event to teach children the importance of being prepared during a natural or man-made disaster.
“They gave us all this real cool stuff,” Ty said. “I’ll probably end up using it if I’m in an emergency.”
Kevin Lewis, director of Washington County Emergency Services, said Preparedness in the Park was part of National Preparedness Month, which was set up after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to help people prepare for emergencies.
He said emergency officials try to focus on children, because they’ll retain the information for a lifetime.
“Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility,” Lewis said.
In addition to receiving safety tips, the children got a chance to crawl around in a police cruiser and were treated to a K-9 demonstration from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.