Be Prepared, Not Scared teaching children how to be ready for emergencies

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Residents in Alabama are usually encouraged to be prepared for disasters, such as tornadoes.

Now, the Be Prepared, Not Scared summer camp is making an effort to teach children how to be prepared.

Children in fourth grade through seventh grade are learning how to be prepared for emergencies.

They’re covering a wide range of topics, including everything from severe weather to a school shooting.

“Unfortunately in this day and time, you can’t afford to shelter children for what might happen,” Verna Gates said. “Because tornadoes come here. Floods happen. Kids get lost. You think you know where you’re going and you get lost somewhere. How do you find your way back?”

The camp is sponsored by Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale.

More spots are available at the camp.

For more information on the camp or to sign up, click here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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