Emergency Kits

The Cannon Beach Academy received a special delivery last week that marks an important step in the school’s effort to be prepared for keeping students safe during an emergency or natural disaster. Jason Johnson, with Tonquin Trading Company, on Tuesday dropped off several dozen emergency survival kits purchase with funds from a Cannon Beach Community Grant the academy recently received.
Each of the 55 lightweight Go Kits for Kids is design to help a person survive for 72 hours, or three days; also includes a high-calorie food bar, light stick, hand warmer, emergency blanket, poncho, and packets of drinking water. The administration will then have parents add pictures, medications; so extra clothing and a comforting item to their child’s kit. Each one will also receive a laminate name tag that includes the student’s emergency contact and allergy information.

Walking to the evacuation site

Having acquire the Go Kits for Kids, the school can now incorporate them into tsunami drills; so allowing the students to get use to wearing them while walking to the evacuation site. Another step is figuring out storage, Fredrickson said, or how to keep the packs out of the way for day-to-day operations; hence yet accessible in the event of an emergency.

Outfitting the school with Go Kits for Kids is another step in building up the entire community and preparing for an emergency, which is Johnson’s specialty. With a background doing risk mitigation on the oil fields of North Dakota; so Johnson’s mission upon arriving in the Pacific Northwest a few years ago was to help the local communities prepare for the most significant natural disaster; hence they face a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami from the inside, out.

I don’t think anyone’s prepare to see the devastation; hence they would experience in the current scenario, Johnson said, adding that when humans go days without water or weeks without food. They automatically go into survival mode, you don’t have a choice. They identify how hiking and outdoor apparel are already design to be lightweight and durable; so which incidentally makes them suitable products to be incorporate into emergency preparedness and resiliency.

Coastal communities to follow

He then hoon going process of planning for a natural emergency med; which in on making those products available to the public; hence to both enhance their outdoor experiences while hiking and camping and to help them; so have adequate supplies to cope with the effects of a natural disaster. They believes Cannon Beach’s efforts to build resiliency provide a good example for other coastal communities to follow. The ongoing process of planning for a natural emergency is also beneficial from a tourism perspective.

They become the most prepare place on the coast, and suddenly; so become to safest place to visit on the coast, Johnson said. In addition to the Go Kits for Kids; hence the academy also use the approximately $9146 community grant to enhance its food program and purchase two medical triage kits; also items that would be necessary in the event of a lock down. Additionally, the doors receive new locks to keep intruders out.

It’s assuring to know they have these safeguards, Business Manager Ananda Osterhaus said. It’s so important they can keep (students) safe in every way possible. In the coming weeks, the school will hold meetings with teachers and parents to give them information about the kits and the school’s emergency plan. They do need to educate there kids and there families and there teachers,” Fredrickson said. They need to educate ourselves and make sure we’re prepare and ready to respond.