Local students tour GOHSEP to learn about emergency preparedness

POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:40pm

The official start of hurricane season is just 15 days away, and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness wants everyone to get a game plan, no matter how old you are.

Students at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School got a chance to find out just what it takes to be prepared for a disaster.

As part of Student Emergency Preparedness Day, kids got a chance to tour GOHSEP's command center. They got a chance to see firsthand how emergency officials use technology to keep us safe.

GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis says it's important for kids to be informed.

"They have a lot of questions. They are very inquisitive. So if something's happening, they want to be able to know that everything’s going to be ok,” stated Davis. “So, I think it's good for parents and administrators of schools to have these open discussions, and for them to know folks like us are here to protect them."

Offices of Homeland Security across the state also opened their doors for students.

Hurricane season starts June 1. 

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