Teen Preparedness: Operation Rescue Ready

Operation Rescue Ready Exercise Prepares Teenagers in Emergency PreparednessRU Ready On Thursday, June 26, 2014, more than 120 middle and high school teenagers will participate in an all-day emergency preparedness training camp at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South 2nd St. Arlington, VA 22204.

This one day camp, in partnership with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Arlington Public Schools, the American Red Cross, the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families along with the Arlington County Fire Department, will teach students, school staff and parents organizational readiness in the event of a disaster. Operation Rescue Ready is an opportunity to educate school-aged teens with career opportunities in emergency management, fire service and public service encompassing leadership roles within the country. It will also better prepare our teenagers on what to do before, during and after an emergency.

“Communities are better prepared to withstand a disaster and can recover more quickly if the whole community plans together” says OEM Director, Mr. Jack Brown.  Arlington OEM will assist area teenage students with hands on experience in topics such as; the basic fundamentals of an emergency operation center, the importance of social media in a disaster and fire safety skills. They will be exposed to life saving techniques, CPR and learn what it takes to run an emergency operations center when exposed to real-life critical emergencies as they play roles of emergency managers in a simulated exercise.

This educational experience is being conducted across the country on a national level involving teenagers and their parents with the hopes that they will all pass along their own experiences to their friends, other family members and students alike. Arlington County and its partners are leading the way in a hands on training and lifelong educational experience while providing essential go-kits to each student who participates.

For further information, please contact the OEM/PIO John Crawford at 571-238-0754 or the project coordinator Ms. Grelia Soliz at 703-216-8125.