Girl Guides learn how to survive in a disaster
By recneps86 | Monday, October 21, 2013, 15:30
Would you know what to do if your community was hit by a major natural disaster, such as an Earthquake? On Sunday 20th October over 100 Girl Guides spent the day finding out at an event called Be Prepared.
The survivers of the "Earthquake"
The girls, from across the Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire area spent the day at Cleeve Hill Scout Campsite in Bath. During the day they learnt about the effects of an Earthquake by taking part in a simulated disaster scenario, and working in teams to complete challenges including rescuing casualties, learning first aid, and constructing a rest centre. They also learned about the work of local and international releif charities.
Event Organiser Amy Binley, from Be Prepared Avon, said "The event gives the girls the opportunity to improve their personal resilience, and they learn a number of important skills during the day, including First Aid. Because so many groups attend from around the region the Girls also get the opportunity to work with people they have never met before and make new friends."
At the end of the day, prizes were awarded to the winning "family", as well as additional prizes for teamwork and leadership. The event was supported by Guy Salmon Landrover in Bristol, who lent a Landrover Defender to the organisers for the weekend to help get the equipment on and off site.
Be Prepared Avon are running a similar event for Scouts on March 16th 2014, and another Guide event on 27th April 2014. The events are entirely run by volunteers - if you are interested in volunteering, or would like to find out more about the work of Be Prepared Avon, please visit www.bepreparedavon.org.uk