Students in schools within the School District of Palm Beach County are getting experience and exposure in emergency management and operations of natural disasters. Pine Jog Elementary students participated with the Palm Beach County Office of Emergency Management in conducting a special hurricane preparedness exercise called StormZone where they planned for and recovered from category 3 Hurricane Fred.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, Poinciana STEM Elementary Lego Robotics Afterschool Team went on a field trip to the Florida Power & Light (FPL) Emergency Operations Center in Riviera Beach. The visit was to help the students with their research project on Natural Disasters. This recently constructed Category 5 building is the home to the company’s emergency operations when storms are expected to impact the FPL service area.
Poinciana STEM students were exposed to state of the art technology that is used to predict and track storms, as well as systems to help with allocation of human and physical resources needed after a storm strikes in the area. Poinciana students will be competing with other students with their research project in December.
This is a very positive exercise for students to learn about natural disasters, specifically about what is done by various agencies toward preparedness, recovery, etc., where students are made aware of the insightfulness and detail involved in protecting and providing emergency needs of the people in any region affected by a natural disaster. The better a community is prepared, the more likely for a successful recovery.
See link below for video of students’ testimony on what they learn during the visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HPpqN7KqE9I#t=14
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office) Oct. 2013