Families learn to act during natural disaster
October 21, 2013
CAMP CASEY, South Korea--The laughter and the enthusiasm of children filled the air as they learn how to react to disasters and emergencies.
The Red Cross hosted a National Preparedness Month event for Soldiers and their Families at Camp Casey in late September.
Guests were offered hands-on activities such as face painting, a dunk booth and finger printing while learning about preparing for man-made and natural disasters.
"This event was to inform people of all ages in the area about natural disasters and how to be prepared when disasters happen," said Bethany Haworth a Norfolk, Va., native, and American Red Cross assistant station manager.
For a disaster scenario, Families participated in a game of sand bag racing. The objective of the activity was to experience the physical demands of carrying someone or something while running to safety during an actual disaster winners received a gift bag full of goodies and a disaster kits.
"This was a great opportunity for the children to come out, learn and even participate," said Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Morris Kilbourne, a native from Portsmouth, Va., and dining facility manager, for Headquarters Support Company, 2nd Infantry Division. "My family and I really appreciate the event."
Another activity the children found interesting was the fire station. They climbed inside a fire truck and honk the loud horn. Firefighters used the laser fire extinguisher to show the Soldiers and Families how to put out a fire.
In addition to putting out fires, children enjoyed dunking teachers in a dunk tank. Each participant was given at least four balls to throw at the target so that they were able to dunk their teacher in the water.
After an afternoon of fun and excitement, Soldiers and their Families walked away with more knowledge of how to be prepared for emergencies and natural disasters.
Other participating organizations included: 607th Weather Squadron, Army Emergency Relief, Casey Elementary School, and the fire station, Gateway Club, Military Police, Navy Federal, Military Life Counseling Program, Noncombatant Evacuation Operation and United Service Organization.
For more information or phone listings, please contact Bethany Haworth Assistant, Station Manager American Red Cross, U.S. Army Garrison Casey, Korea or visit