Saanich students prepare for an emergency

Saanich Fire Department pays visit to local Grade 4 students

Maegan Thompson

More than 1,000 local Grade 4 students are learning how to be prepared in the event of an emergency by assembling an emergency kit and creating a preparedness plan.

Taught in Saanich schools, the Grade 4 Preparedness Program is a Saanich Emergency Program initiative sponsored by Thrifty Foods.

“In our Grade 4 Preparedness Program, we provide children with practical information and tools to take home to their parents or caregivers on the importance of emergency preparedness,” said Saanich deputy fire chief Frank Macdonald.

Saanich Emergency Program volunteers assist with delivering presentations to students, sharing their knowledge and experience. The presentations consist of an emergency preparedness talk followed by two relay races that reinforce good choices when compiling an emergency preparedness kit. All students receive a start to their individual Grab and Go Bags to take home and complete.

This year’s Grade 4 Preparedness Program started in Saanich elementary schools this week and continues until May 20. From 2008 to 2015, the Saanich Emergency Program partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to present the annual Grade 4 Preparedness Program to more than 8,000 students.

The program launched in 2008 at Tillicum elementary school and former Tillicum student Justin Bao, who graduates from high school this year, is assisting the Saanich Emergency Program in delivering the program at the 2016 launch at Tillicum.

“They made it pretty fun,” said Bao, reflecting on how the program was when he went through it. “They had games that showed us what items we needed in our emergency preparedness kit. They showed us how to be prepared for an emergency and to always have a plan.”

“It is very gratifying for us to know that a student who attended the program in 2008 is confident enough in his knowledge to come back and share the same important message with these young learners eight years later,” said Macdonald.

 

To learn more about emergency preparedness, educational courses, or how to volunteer with the Saanich Emergency Program, call 250-475-7140.

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich councillor questions effectiveness of free transit passes for youth

Coun. Judy Brownoff said efforts should focus on improving service levels

Greater Victoria teacher’s certification suspended for inappropriate conduct with female students

Gregory Garos was employed by the District as a middle school teacher

Saanich pee wee lacross team takes home the gold at Provincials again

The Saanich Tigers clawed their way to first place at the Provincial championship in Delta

Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House re-opens after months of closure

A new exhibit will be on display at the house to explore the ‘Politics of Luxury’

Saanich councillor wants the municipality to support opponents of Quebec’s secularism bill

Councillors will debate notice of motion from Coun. Zac de Vries on Aug. 12

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

Film features Chez Monique, an off-the-grid restaurant on West Coast Trail in B.C.

“The story we are trying to share is of the loving haven they created and sustained for decades.”

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Scheer on Trump: It’s ‘offensive’ to question the family background of critics

Trump is being called a racist for saying that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing ‘like’ counts to more countries

Social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland

Man involved in beating and tasering over a drug debt to be sentenced in Nanaimo

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne pleaded guilty to charges, including aggravated assault

Most Read