REAP Day a hit with kids

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI

THE Alpine Shire’s Com­mu­nity Re­silience Com­mit­tee de­signed REAP day re­turned to Myrtle­ford last Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 31.

REAP; which stands for Re­silience Emer­gency Ac­tion Plan­ning is an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to un­der­stand how to be pre­pared in the event of emer­gen­cies.

Pre­sen­ters on the day hosted at St Mary’s, in­cluded the CFA, Po­lice Vic­to­ria, Parks Vic­to­ria, DELWP, St Johns Am­bu­lance, SES and NECAHMS.

REAP Day is con­ducted an­nu­ally on a three year ro­ta­tion be­tween Kiewa Val­ley, Up­per Ovens and Myrtle­ford mean­ing that in the­ory, ev­ery child in the Alpine Shire will ex­pe­ri­ence the day be­tween year four and year six.

While vul­ner­a­ble to dis­as­ters, chil­dren also have con­sid­er­able strengths which they can draw on be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter an emer­gency, this makes the op­por­tu­nity to build on a stu­dent’s knowl­edge, skills and con­fi­dence to act in times of ad­ver­sity in­valu­able.

The Myrtle­ford P-12 and St Mary’s stu­dents were taught a num­ber of im­por- tant life skills such as “Stop, Drop and Roll”, the cor­rect way to call and in­form 000, how to look af­ter in­jured wildlife and how to act around wild an­i­mals.

Stu­dents also learnt about the day to day ac­tiv­i­ties of lo­cal fire au­thor­i­ties from the CFA and DELWP through vis­ual and prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tions.

The SES set up mini “res­cue” mis­sions for the stu­dents that in­cluded mov­ing through ob­sta­cles and as­sess­ing sit­u­a­tions while Parks Vic­to­ria ex­plained map­ping and how to nav­i­gate your­self once lost.

Over­all, it was a wellat­tended day by both lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices and stu­dents with beau­ti­ful weather and an en­gaged crowd to match.

LEARN­ING:Stu­dents at­ten­tively lis­ten to an ex­pertlead dem on­stra­tion atStM ary’s lastw eek.

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