The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) have started a Community Outreach Program for hazardous materials. We have the copyrights and are making available an interactive program on CD-ROM called “Fire Pal.” The basic message it provides is, “Stop, Leave it alone, Get a Grown-up!” In this program, Ron the Fireman guides children through all the rooms of a house, pointing out hazardous materials and where they might be located. Each area contains a brief interactive quiz for children to take giving them the opportunity to point out the hidden dangers themselves. Children can visit the back yard, the park and a local gas station where Ron points out all the hidden safety hazards. The program also contains several excellent lesson plans that can be used by parents and teachers to educate children about the dangers of hazardous materials.
Additionally, we have a Kids Shelter in Place video entitled “How to Protect Yourself during a Chemical Emergency after School.” The video is less that seven minutes long and is a dramatization of what kids need to do to shelter-in-place during a chemical tanker truck accident. The family dog, Bobo, narrates the video which also covers the contents of a shelter-in-place kit.
If your school is interested in receiving copies of the CD-ROM or video tape, please fill out and return an order form and we will be happy to send them to you at no charge. Please mail your request to the address shown on the order form, or you can fax your request to 302-659-6855. If you have any questions regarding “Fire Pal” or the video, please visit call 302-659-2253.