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Preparing for Disaster

Benson students learn preparedness

11/1/2016, 4:22 p.m.
Students from Benson’s Youth Disaster Academy participated in several activities to prepare for emergencies and disasters.
Portland Fire and Rescue personnel give a lesson on fire suppression to students from the Youth Disaster Academy at Benson High School in northeast Portland.

Portland Public Schools, in partnership with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Fire & Rescue and Oregon Office of Emergency Management, recently engaged approximately 100 Benson High School students in emergency preparedness skills training.

The fire and rescue contingent gathered at the northeast Portland school during the Oct. 20 Oregon Shakeout, an event designed to encourage folks to engage in emergency preparedness activities at home, work, school, in faith communities and neighborhoods.

Students from Benson’s Youth Disaster Academy participated in several activities, including a drop, cover and hold drill to prepare for a major earthquake. Other safety instruction included hands-only CPR, an introduction to search and rescue and medical triage, small fire suppression, radio communications and an overview of local hazards.

Students also received copies of a new comic book about tsunamis, Oregon Emergency Management collaboration with Dark Horse Comics of Portland.