Girl Scouts in Four States prepare for disasters and crisis situ - KOAM TV 7

Girl Scouts in Four States prepare for disasters and crisis situations

Girl Scouts from Cherokee, Crawford, Jasper and Newton counties are now a little better prepared to deal with disasters like tornadoes, after earning their First Aid badge today.
Kindergarten Daisies through 8th grade Caddettes traveled through 7 different stations at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds, learning from area professionals and first responders on how to handle crisis situations.
From how to take care of minor injuries or help someone who is choking to learning CPR, the girls were taught to remain calm and use what they know, should a tragedy occur.
Organizers say it is important for young children to have some plan of action in case they are in a situation where no adult is available to help them.
"If they're the only person that is with a person that gets injured or grandma that has a heart attack or something, they need to know what to do in that emergency," said coordinator Mavis Bowin.
"It's fun, you get to learn new stuff and people are taking their time to teach us this instead of doing their own thing on Saturday," said 4th grader Gracie Davolt.
"We let them try some of the packs and our gear on, just let them know what it's like to be in our shoes," said David Allen, Rescue Driver at Columbus Fire Department.
First responders at the workshop today included Columbus Police and Fire Departments, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and MedFlight.
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