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Students Learn And Prepare With Sosa!

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In January 2019, CEMA introduced the newest member to their team, Sosa the Preparedness Pup. Sosa is dedicated to helping the residents of Chatham County prepare for disaster. In her first month on the team, Sosa taught about how to prepare for cold weather and reminded us of the 4 P's that should be taken care during cold weather: People, Pets, Plant, and Pipes.

To kick off February as Severe Weather Preparedness Month, Sosa accompanied CEMA staff in teaching 756 kindergarten to second grade students in the Savannah Chatham County Public School Systems about thunderstorms and tornadoes. Through a combination of hands-on and lecture style learning, students learned what makes thunder and lightning, how tornadoes form, and most importantly how to prepare and stay safe during these severe weather events. These weather events were chosen as peak tornado season, March - May, is quickly approaching. Students loved being able to make a rainstorm with their hand to help them memorize  "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" and applying tornado safety through playing a tornado-themed game of Simon Says. At the end of the presentation, students were given a youth emergency supply bag with an educational coloring sheet and a list of items they should keep in their kit. The learning did not stop there though! Each classroom teacher was given a teaching guide that supports Georgia Standards of Excellence (Science), an individual assignment for students, and a classroom project. Over the next week, classrooms will work to complete their project and one class will be selected from each grade to have a popcorn party with CEMA Staff and, of course, Sosa the Preparedness Pup!

CEMA's goal with the initiative is to get youth excited about severe weather preparedness because youth have the unique ability to engage families and communities that otherwise may not participate. Youth are encouraged to pack their kit and complete their coloring sheets with an adult in their home. This way, adults in the home are also learning and having a conversation on where their safe space is and what supplies should be kept there. This initiative is also working to spread preparedness throughout the schools as each classroom is tasked with creating a door decoration demonstrating what students learned. Kindergarteners will share about safety, 1st Grade will share about types of weather, and 2nd Grade will share their very own severe weather preparedness slogan. Going forward, CEMA is looking to continue to grow their youth programs across the County.

March is another big month for Sosa the Preparedness Pup as it is Pet Preparedness Month! Sosa's favorite!!! To celebrate, CEMA is partnering with Chatham County Animal Services to host a "March Microchip Madness" Week from March 18th to 22nd! This will be an entire week focused on making microchips available to the pets of Chatham County. Many pets are lost during disasters; microchipping your pet is one way to help them get home should they become separated from your family!



Last Updated: February 8, 2019 8:43 AM

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