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Delaware Hosts National Preparedness Program to Educate Adults and Youth

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HARRINGTON, Del.- People from all over the state took part in the My Preparedness Initiative Program that teaches adults in Delaware how to respond during emergency situations. This program is a way to train adults and then have them go teach teens around Delaware.

When disaster hits, every minute is crucial and the MyPI Initiative educates adults on how to make the most of every second. This program was held at the Delaware State Fair Grounds from Dec. 9-12.

Ryan Akers, the national project director for MyPI, said he has worked with adults for this program across the country. 

"Fifty percent of American households are not prepare for the disasters and hazards that they could face every day. So it is our goal to get that message out and deliver that message to the youth," said Akers. 

One of the exercises demonstrated at the program was leveraging cribbing. Leveraging cribbing is when someone is stuck under a big object or debris. Trainers at MyPI are teaching adults  how to get them out correctly. 

This program teaches the importance of working with the youth. Trainers of the program said no matter how old you are, people need to be informed on emergency situations. Mei Johnson works with the Delaware Citizen Corps and was one of the many that attended. Johnson said this program can help prepare teens for the future.

"We are hoping that this training will help reduce any fear or anxiety that the youth may have," said Johnson.

State Sen. Ernie Lopez was also one of the many adults that were trained. Lopez said living near the coast, kids can be exposed to weather disasters. 

"They can easily be put into situations that are dangerous due to weather and other issues. So we have to have that confidence and knowledge to help those children get out of situations that we hope never occur," said Lopez.

The MyPI is a program funded by grants. Trainers of MyPI said states must be invited to participate in this program. Delaware is the 23rd state to be invited.

People who are interested in taking part in future training's can get more information on MyPI 

 

 

 

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