Emergency Management Agency looking for a few pint-sized heroes

GADSDEN, Alabama — Gadsden families and kids will get a few lessons in being a hero during the 2nd Annual Spring Break Preparedness Event. Set for Tuesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will take over Broad Street to promote disaster preparedness for young people. In case of inclement weather, it will be held at the Pitman.

This year’s theme is “Be a Hero!” and recognizes heroes of all walks of life such as teachers, first responders and fictional characters. Attendees and their parents and/or guardians are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite heroes.

Sponsored by the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency and local businesses, the event will feature several learning stations with information geared to the 4 to 12 age group. Young people will have a chance to explore topics such as first aid, creating disaster supply kits, power outage safety, weather awareness, map reading and survivor skills. Participants will also get a bag to collect goodies and a progress card.

McGuffey Healthcare is one of the businesses providing door prizes and free food to attendees. April Conley, the facility’s administrator, believes the event is a great way to show appreciation for first responders and for children to learn invaluable information.

“You are never too young or old to know more about what to do in an emergency situation,” Conley said. “Having the right information and knowing how to use it can save lives.”

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