On November 4, 2013, our visited the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. The club wanted to learn more about natural disasters for their LEGO league competition. They learned about many aspects of emergency management in natural disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, and floods. The 4-Hers also learned how the city and state organizes a large scale event, such as the Grand Prix or the Baltimore Running Festival. The presenters shared what happens when a national incident or emergency occurs.
One junior member shared that they “really liked that they explained the facts, and the nice man answered all the questions we had.” Another junior member stated that they “liked that they explained the different categories of a disaster and where the different categories didn’t hit”. The members are already thinking of ways to use the information they learned for the robotics competition they will be participating in January. The Hunt Valley 4-H Robotics Club President explained, “What we learned today will help us understand the reasons why and how we’re building the robotics to respond to a natural disaster.” Another member shared that “this trip will surely help us with the challenge we are working on.” Yet another member shared “this will help us get more information on the topics we are doing”. It’s safe to say that the children enjoyed this experience, and will remember it for many years to come!
-Faradia Kernizan, UME Baltimore County 4-H VISTA