SEATTLE, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PEMCO Insurance and the American Red Cross have teamed up to empower Spokane-area students to be heroes in the event of a disaster in their community. PEMCO's Hero Academy, which teaches elementary-age kids how to respond and take action in an emergency, took place today at Stevens Elementary School in Spokane.
The hands-on training workshop led by trained volunteers from PEMCO and the Red Cross shares important safety tips for preparing for disasters including house fires, earthquakes, wildfires and storms, and equips participants with a teddy bear to protect and an emergency preparedness kit to share with their family.
PEMCO launched the program last month with similar workshops for students in the Puget Sound region.
"We want students from around the Northwest to know that they can be heroes in their communities by helping to prepare for an emergency," said PEMCO CEO Stan McNaughton. "It's our hope that the Hero Academy will help students develop the skills to act during a disaster situation, and empower them to respond in ways that keep themselves and their loved ones safe."
In the earthquake-prone Northwest, many believe in the reality that a disaster could strike the region during their lifetime. In a recent poll by PEMCO, three-quarters of local residents (77 percent) said they expect to experience a major earthquake here, but only half (52 percent) said they're at least somewhat prepared, and two out of five (39 percent) admitted they aren't prepared at all.
PEMCO's Hero Academy seeks to help students understand why preparation is important, along with which type of disasters are likely to affect the Northwest and how to take steps to address those emergencies. The workshops, which use the Red Cross Passport to Preparedness curriculum, also help students identify the range of ways to be prepared for a natural disaster and how to share tools for preparedness with others in their household.
"We're fortunate to be a longtime partner of the Red Cross, who shares our passion for bringing these important messages to everyone in the communities both our organizations serve. For these Hero Academy students, we're sharing that being a real-life hero simply starts with knowing what do to in an emergency and having the confidence take action when a disaster strikes," said Albery Lockhart, a claims supervisor for PEMCO and board member of the American Red Cross serving the Greater Inland Northwest.
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