Kids May Be More Prepared Than Adults For Disaster

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ARNOLD, MO (KPLR)-- Tornado season is upon us and students at one Jefferson County High School are proud of just how prepared they are for any disaster.  The Student Emergency Response Team at Windsor High School held its monthly training drill Tuesday morning.

Makayla Campbell is a SERT Team Captain.  She said, "If something did happen to our school I could help my fellow classmates and teachers and principals."

She and two dozen other students have put in a lot of hard work to back up that statement. They prepare for all sorts of disasters including fires, tornadoes and earthquakes. They use devices that allow them to practice on what appear to be real wounds, injuries, broken bones even amputations.

Ron Harter is the public information officer for the Rock Community Fire Protection, "The life skills they learn here and the disaster preparedness skills they learn here they take home they are actually taught to make disaster kids at home to practice their tornado and earthquake drills at home and in their neighborhood."

Anel Ganic is also a SERT Team Captain. The high school senior said, "If I was just at a grocery store and a person had a cardiac arrest I could be right there to save that person."

With all the education comes a certain amount of maturing, they take on the roles of adults in the middle of a disaster.  School nurse June Wyatt added, "They make a decision on their own and its right one."

Nine different schools in the Rock Community Fire District have SERT Teams.  Organizers confidently say the young people are better prepared for a tornado than many adults in the community.

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