Youth invited to disaster preparedness workshop

Youth invited to disaster preparedness workshop
The South 2 Field education Unit of the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring two Disaster Preparedness Workshops for youth ages 8 through 18.

The first workshop will be held at the Clay County 4-H Center in Vermillion on Wednesday, Dec. 28 and the second workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 29 in Parker. Both workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The programs will help youth deal with disasters by explaining key areas of disaster preparedness. Youth will also have an opportunity to apply knowledge learned to make several projects to take home. These projects � Winter Car Survival Kit, First Aid Workbook and Weather Science Project � can be exhibited at county fairs. By bringing a friend, our 4-H youth have the opportunity to "Make the 4-H Connection" and promote all that 4-H has to offer.

This day-long event will feature speakers from the American Red Cross, South Dakota National Guard and local emergency management offices who will discuss actions taken before, during and after a disaster occurs. The SDSU Cooperative Extension Youth Development/4-H Educators Marta Lemke, Mark Rowen and Amber Lounsbery, and Yankton County 4-H Program Assistant Stacy Hellman, will also present information on first aid, weather and winter survival.

Cost of the program will be $10 per person which includes the cost of breaks, winter survival kit items and first aid workbooks. Youth are asked to bring a sack lunch and a container for a winter survival kit with the following items: 3# coffee can, small pencil and paper pad; spoon; small knife; can opener and metal cup; wire clothes hanger; flashlight with batteries; extra batteries; stocking cap, mittens, gloves or socks; large garbage bag; over 10 feet of a small rope or twine; non-perishable food like candy bars, dried fruit, soup in packages, hot chocolate, honey, beef jerky, etc.

Contact the Lincoln County Extension Office at 605-764-2756 or the Hutchinson County Extension Office at 605-387-4205 by Dec. 23 with your pre-registration for either Vermillion or Parker.

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