REAP Day a hit with kids
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.