NSP: Ready, Set, Plan

   

NSP: Ready, Set, Plan
8/29/2014 11:01:49 AM

The EAST Initiative recently announced the 2014 - 2015 National Service Project focus, "Ready, Set, Plan: Emergency Planning and Preparedness.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Thousands of EAST students across the country will identify areas of improvement in their communities to be better prepared when disasters strike by participating in the National Service Project (NSP) focus “Ready, Set, Plan: Emergency Planning and Preparedness.”

In recent years, natural disasters, like tornados and flooding, have taken many lives and left millions of dollars in damages. These disasters have revealed many communities are not prepared to effectively respond to emergencies.

“EAST chose to focus on emergency preparedness this year because of the universal need for help in this area,” said James Hopper, NSP Coordinator. “This year we want to make a difference in communities by focusing EAST projects around the country on this issue.”

More than 25,000 EAST students will collaborate with leadership in their towns and cities to research historically reoccurring disasters in their areas and how they can use their EAST resources to develop emergency action plans.

The NSP website has several resources, getting started ideas and links to several disaster relief agencies to assist EAST programs in developing their projects.

“This year’s National Service Project focus could not be more timely,” said Matt Dozier, EAST Initiative President and CEO. “So many EAST students have been affected by natural disasters and I cannot imagine a better group of innovative minds to work with their community leaders to create a stronger emergency response plan.”

For more information on the EAST National Service Project, contact Hopper at 501-371-5029 or james@eaststaff.org.

About the EAST Initiative

EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology, Inc.) is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and gain valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to 221 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania). For more information about the EAST Initiative, visit www.EASTinitiative.org.

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