Ready, Set, Prep
Michelle Huang | Spanish River DECA
For many individuals and families who live in hurricane-prone areas, preparation for the damage of these unpredictable and catastrophic storms is not an easy process. From gathering essential supplies to finding a place of safety, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration. Every year, Florida braces for hurricane season as the storms impact the state. From Hurricane Irma in 2017 to Hurricane Michael this past October, it is important to educate the community in order to best prepare them for the impact of these catastrophic storms.
One of Spanish River DECA’s main projects this year is to teach high school students about hurricane preparedness. As many students in South Florida may plan to attend college or university in-state, it is essential for them to be aware of how to prepare for these storms when they are away from home and cannot rely on their parents’ instruction. This year, Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall near the Panhandle. This was close to schools such as Florida State University, where many of our graduates attend. After seeing the damage and experiences of students at the university, we wanted to help future students prepare for hurricane season each year.
In order to educate students, we invited speaker Gary Richardson from the South Florida Red Cross to speak to students about how to prepare for hurricanes. His presentation was called “Be Red Cross Ready” and was focused on what to do, what supplies you need, what to do after a hurricane, and how you can help. He presented to around 300 Spanish River students and it was incredibly informative for students to learn about. Many students learned that while they think they know the protocol for preparing for a disaster, there is much more that they have to learn from and our goal is to help teach them.
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