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Youth Program
The EBRP OEP has an ongoing commitment to the citizens of EBRP. A major focus is the commitment to Public Awareness. Through Public Awareness we will educate and train citizens of all ages of the hazards that exist as well as how to prepare and respond in the event of an emergency. It is only through this educational process that the loss of life, personal injury and damage to property can be minimized.

As part of our continuing Public Awareness Campaign, the EBRP Office of Emergency Preparedness sponsors exercises for students in the EBRP School system to encompass disasters that could occur in EBRP.

SYNOPSIS OF YOUTH EXERCISE PROGRAM

The exercise is based on a scenario or a predetermined sequence of events occurring during a simulated emergency. Through exercises, players work together as a team to reach the common goal of an effective coordinated response to any emergency in the parish, thus minimizing the potential catastrophic effects or threat to the health and safety of the public.

The exercise takes place in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located in the Office of Emergency Preparedness. Each student assumes the role in the EOC of a person that would normally occupy the role during activation. Mentors from local industry, citizens groups, community volunteers and emergency responders are assigned to each student to guide their progress. Each student is involved in decision making to handle the response efforts by working with other public safety representatives in the EOC in coordination of shelters, road closures, school closures, evacuation, and any situation that may require the response of the department they represent.

This exercise shows the students what happens during a real disaster. In addition to learning about disasters, this exercise offers opportunities for enhanced team-building skills, communication skills, and a better knowledge and understanding of the response and coordination process.

Once the exercise is over, a debriefing is held. The students discuss the activities of the exercise and lessons learned. Students receive a certificate of appreciation and welcomed snacks.