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Friday, December 28, 2007

4-H Assists in Mapping Your Way to Safety

The Alert, Evacuate and Shelter Project is a 4-H Community Readiness Network training, teaching teams how to use geospatial technology, develop partnerships, build emergency teams nationwide and how to keep citizens and communities safe.

"Hurricane, tornado, flood or wildfire, the 4-H Community Readiness Network helps communities and families improve their ability to be prepared during an emergency." In 2007-2008 the Alert, Evacuate and Shelter teams will assist 120 coastal counties in preparation for the impact of a hurricane.

Partnerships between Emergency Management Agencies, community leaders and 4-H youth and adults will create networks whose goal will be to expand geographic literacy and incorporate strategies to keep residents safe.

Through the use of advanced geospatial technology, communities located in these southeastern states will be provided with critical mapping information to ensure the well-being of all.

The states involved in this training are currently the following: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC.