Youth take lead in preparing community for disaster


Norma Peterson of the Fairfield Citizen Corps Council teaches St. Timothy’s High School Youth Group how to assemble emergency kits for the community. Shown, from left, are Norma Peterson, youth group leader Kevin Kelly, Conor Jones and Blake Gottlieb.

Lessons learned from Super Storm Sandy are being put into action by the High School Youth Group at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield. In an effort to help their community be better prepared for future disasters, the group is launching a project to assemble emergency kits.

“The project will create survival/emergency kits to be stored here at the church and made available during a crisis,” said Amy Borruso, director of Children and Family Ministries at St. Timothy’s. “This will help make St. Timothy’s a resource for our neighbors during weather emergencies and/or power outages in hard-to-travel Greenfield Hill.”

St. Timothy’s has generator power and plans to serve as a community resource for charging, heat and hospitality should another major event disrupt Fairfield.

“We really hope this project can be a model for other groups to follow,” Borruso said.

In addition to assembling kits to store at the church, the group also plans to distribute emergency kits to members of the congregation who might benefit from receiving a kit for use at home.

Other community groups wishing to initiate an emergency kit project may contact Norma Peterson at [email protected] for assistance.

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