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Girl Scouts & DHS Announce New Preparedness Patch To Improve Family Readiness, New Citizen Corps Partnership To Increase Women In Emergency Management/Response

September 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger today unveiled a Girl Scout preparedness patch-designed to engage Girl Scouts and their families in personal preparedness for all emergencies-and announced a new affiliation between DHS Citizen Corps and the Girl Scouts to advance community preparedness nationwide. ”As a former Girl Scout,” said Napolitano, “I know the ‘Be Prepared’ motto well-and I look forward to working with the Girl Scouts to spread the preparedness message to all of our nation’s citizens.”

The preparedness patch program, developed by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides critical emergency preparedness information and activities for all levels of Girl Scouts. The steps and activities required to receive the patch include identifying and preparing for potential emergencies; learning about local alerts and warning systems; and engaging in community service.

In addition to collaborating on the new patch, Secretary Napolitano and Ms. Cloninger also signed an agreement formalizing an affiliation between Citizen Corps and the Girl Scouts that creates a partnership to motivate young women to become community leaders in emergency management and response fields and raises public awareness about personal preparedness, training and community service opportunities.

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Tags: Child Preparedness · Department of Homeland Security · Education · Preparedness Ideas

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robin Parker // Sep 8, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Fantastic! I think I would have stayed in the Girl Scouts longer if they’d done stuff like this when I was a kid.

  • 2 m. lawrence // Jan 27, 2010 at 7:55 am

    when will the patch be available? my junior girl scout is working on preparing emergency kits for her bronze award and she might be eligible for this if it is available soon

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