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The Youth Readiness Summit hosted by the St. Clair County Youth Readiness Council was scheduled for February 27, 2016 at Landmark Academy.  The Summit is in the process of being rescheduled to a later date.  Please check back for more information and a re-scheduled date.  This is a special opportunity for high school age young adults.  For more information visit WWW.YouthReadinessCouncil.Org

The Kids for Safety Program is an updated program that teaches children several different types of preparedness.  There are 5 different modules; 72 Hour Preparedness, School Safety, Home Safety, Fire Safety, and Weather Safety.
Each module is taught within a 1 hour time frame.  After the lesson is taught the youth are given handouts or tasks that they have to accomplish with a parent or guardian.  Some of these are to make an Emergency Kit, have an Emergency Contact List, make and practice Exit Drills, Test Smoke Detectors, and plan where to go in an extreme weather situation.

The program objectives are designed to strengthen the safety knowledge of children in our communities to establish a preparedness level with our residents prior to incidents occurring thus making this a safer community.  We are outreaching to children ages 5 to 12 years old by giving them the opportunity to earn a patch in the following safety areas:  72 Hour Preparedness, Fire Safety, Weather Safety, School Safety and Home Safety.  The development of the program was intended to give parents/guardians and children the ability to continue being prepared at home and school.

The children will each receive a Safety Patch for the module or modules that they attend.  If they chose to attend all 5 modules they will also receive a certificate for their participation.  

If you are interested in hosting a Kids for Safety Program in your area, contact our office at (810) 989-6386



What is Ready Neighborhood?

Simply put, the Ready Neighborhood Program is a group of neighbors who have agreed to work together following a big disaster.  Some neighborhoods like to have a very formal plan, with assigned roles and tasks, while other are more spontaneous, leaving specific assignments to the day of the disaster.  There is no right or wrong way to organize. The way you do it really depends on the neighborhood “personality”.

Regardless of how you organize there are some easy steps you can take to get everyone on the block thinking about disaster preparedness.

Here in St. Clair County we may experience a variety of disasters from weather related floods and power outages to single family fires , or a Chemical release or spill.  We also know that our normal daily lives can be severely disrupted and services we are used to getting (clean water, electricity, natural gas, phone and internet, fire and police response) will be very limited to non-existent.  That is why we encourage people to not only prepare themselves and their families, but to talk to their neighbors about how they will work together to make sure everyone in the neighborhood is safe and cared for.

St. Clair County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) has created a Ready Neighborhood Program to help your neighborhood get organized in times of disaster.  There is an online toolkit that provides practical step-by-step instructions on organizing as a neighborhood.  If you want, the HSEM can come out to your neighborhood and help you prepare.  For more information about this program call 810-989-6325 or email at emergencymanagement@stclaircounty.org  or our website:  www.bereadystclaircounty.org

This is a 3 Step Process: (click on below links for more information)

Facilitator tool kit links (full packages are available from HSEM):

Facilitators Guide

Step 1:  Getting Together

Step 2:  Getting Organized

Step 3: Enhancing Your Neighborhood (Coming Soon)



Be a DIGITAL VOLUNTEER! We are looking for 25 people who would be interested in attending the following courses as part of the HSEM Digital Volunteer program. The courses (no cost) offered by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (University of Hawaii) will be held during daytime hours in late winter or early spring here in the County. Persons completing these courses will be also invited to participate in the US/Canadian CAUSE IV cross border experiment to be held this spring.

Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (8 hours)
This course focuses on the use of social media in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The course defines social media and its uses and identifies the tools, methods, and models to properly make use of social media in the context of disaster management and provides the information and hands-on experience necessary to help the participants’ social media disaster plans.

Social Media Engagement Strategies (8 hours)
This course will prepare participants to engage individuals and volunteer organizations through social media, especially in the context of disaster preparedness and response. Through this course, participants will learn how to develop content that engages their audiences and turns their words into action throughout the disaster cycle. Participants will learn about social media engagement techniques, individual and organizational roles in crisis communication and as a Digital Volunteer.

Participant Requirements:
1- Participants must bring a wi-fi enabled device (laptop preferred).
2- Participants must have both a Facebook and Twitter account.
3- Participants must be able to post test messages to these accounts.
For further information or to express interest, please email emergencymanagement@stclaircounty.org or call 810-989-6325.

St. Clair County HSEM Youth Readiness Council

St. Clair County Homeland Security - Emergency Management Youth Readiness Council is now accepting applications for 2016.  This is a great opportunity for youths between the ages of 13 - 17.  Applications must be received no later than April 22, 2016.

The St. Clair County office of Homeland Security - Emergency Management (HSEM) offers a unique opportunity for youths within St. Clair County to serve on a 13 member Youth Readiness Council.  The purpose of this Council allows members to complete self-selected youth preparedness projects; to voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions on youth disaster readiness with the leadership of HSEM; and to create the Youth Readiness Summit. Being selected to serve on the Council is an honor but it is also a significant responsibility that requires dedication and time-management skills. 

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