On the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Facebook page, I read a nice story about some local high school students who organized an effort to pay for, assemble and help distribute disaster kits for 500 of the city’s most needy citizens.
According to an article on the website Neighborhood Empowerment Network, the school’s involvement came after the San Francisco Disaster Feeding Task Force had developed a plan for the project but was having trouble funding it:
Just when the project was about to be shelved for lack ofÂ funds, the Lick Wilmerding High School junior classÂ president, Jody Fu, contacted SF CARD (San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster) asking how the High School could help make San Francisco residents better prepared for an emergency, such as a natural disaster. The students had seen the devastation in Haiti and had contributed to the relief effort but wanted to make their own home in San Francisco a safer place as well. After just a few months of planning, fundraising, and coordination with the Task Force, the school volunteers made the program a reality.
On Saturday May 8th, class volunteers assembled food and water supplies donated by the San Francisco Food Bank into kits to be delivered to the homes of Meals On Wheels’s and Project Open Hand’s most vulnerable clients. Delivery drivers also briefed clients about disaster preparedness, gave them emergency information pamphlets and whistles from the SF Department of Emergency Management, and continue to inventory the supplies at designated intervals. The monies the students raised over many class fundraisers will go to the Food Bank to offset some of the costs of supplies and packaging.
For more information on the high school’s initiative, you can find it on the SF Emergency Department’s Facebook page here.
High school students packing emergency kits for vulnerable San Franciscans