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Children learn about weather safety

October 21, 2010

With yesterday being declared Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day in Mississippi and Alabama, the National Weather Service reminds residents that a secondary severe weather season is approaching. 
“That means we need to be prepared, and that’s just what Sesame Street’s Grover told four year olds at First United Methodist Church’s preschool on Tuesday,” said Carol Read, chair of the Oktibbeha Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS) board of directors.
Super Grover – aka Donna Barmore – delivered the Sesame Street “Let’s Get Ready 1-2-3” program in the Christian Life Center of the church.
Sesame Workshop created “Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for
Emergencies” in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Kids initiative and the Ad Council’s ongoing emergency preparedness effort. Ready Kids is geared toward older children, while the Sesame Workshop component is primarily targeted at 3- to 5-year-olds.
“Let’s Get Ready” encourages children and the adults in their lives to learn about the people in their neighborhood, and to understand the important roles they play in responding to an emergency.  Volunteer students dressed as a fireman, doctor/nurse, policeman, and teacher to emphasize the people children can turn to for help.
“We’ve been working on learning our phone numbers,” said one teacher, as a four year old raised her hand and recited her phone number. “It’s something children need to know to know in time of emergencies.”
Youngsters learned the importance of knowing their first and last names, as well as their parents’ names, their phone number, and their address. They also learned about packing an emergency kit and what to expect in case of an emergency.
“If we can take some of the fear out of the situation, then we’ve helped,” explained Barmore, an active OSERVS volunteer. “We hope none of these children will ever be put in an emergency situation, but we want them to be ready in case they are.”
The four year olds sang along with Grover and clapped their hands as they worked through the program. Grover’s appearance was greeted with cheers and hugs all around.
For more information on the Sesame Street Program, contact OSERVS at 418-8911.

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