More than 275 campers enjoyed the 2011 Ready Kids Camp, sponsored by the Cabarrus County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Youth were trained in various areas of safety and disaster preparedness at the camp, which took place in five places around the county.
Red Cross volunteers taught water safety using the buddy system rule from the youth education course, Longfellows Whales Tales. Campers also learned many guidelines to keep them safe while around water this summer. Campers were taught how to be prepared in the event of a disaster by preparing a plan and using the disaster backpack sponsored by ServPro of Cabarrus. Each backpack contained such items as a flashlight, first aid kit and a whistle – all essential items for starting their first personal disaster kit. Each camper learned and practiced basic first aid that will be useful at home and on the playground.
“We are so glad campers enjoyed their time with us, learning important safety tips along the way,” said Cabarrus County Red Cross Community Executive Nancy Litton. “These skills are going to go a long way in helping families prepare for and prevent disasters.”
Members from the Concord Fire and Life Safety Squad, Kannapolis Fire Department, Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department and Harrisburg Fire Department taught the importance of fire safety. Students learned how to escape their home safely and to make sure they had a family meeting place in advance of a disaster.
Cabarrus Rescue Squad reminded all the campers to remain in one place if lost through the Hug A Tree Program. City of Concord and Kannapolis Police departments, along with Cabarrus County Sheriff Department, taught students gun safety, “Stranger Danger” and gave important information on internet safety and bullying.