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Beaches and The Sandals Foundation Help Students “Get Prepared” For 2019 Hurricane Season

#Providenciales, June 14, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – In preparation for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season, the Sandals Foundation partnered with the resort’s Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Team to host a fun-filled ‘Let’s Get Ready’ hurricane preparedness seminar for over 120 local youngsters from the Ianthe Pratt Primary School.

The enthusiastic group students all gathered at the resort’s Caribbean Village conference room for an interactive Hurricane Preparedness exercise with EHS Manager, Shuntel Gibson and also got an exclusive screening of Sesame Street’s ‘Let’s Get Ready’ Emergency Preparedness educational program, which featured furry friends favorites Grover and Rosita, as they too prepare for their own families for emergencies through song, dance, and games.

“This is an annual event for Beaches, the EHS Department and the Sandals Foundation,” said Elanor Krzanowski, Communications and Public Relations Manager for the Resort, “We are always looking to educate students on easy ways to prepare both mentally and physically for all emergencies including Hurricane, and it is important that we deliver this information in the most fun and interactive way possible.”

Shuntel Gibson, who led the theoretical part of the event, said that this seminar is a great initiative for student as it prepares them for all emergencies. “We are happy to partner with the Sandals Foundation team on this initiative.  The kids were brilliant and knew a lot of the preparedness tips we taught, and it is our hope that they take this information home to their parents to ensure they are all safe during a storm.”

The event was aimed at increasing hurricane awareness and improving readiness for students.  Students were taught about the various types of hurricanes, flooding, and list hurricane shelters that are available in their communities.  It is the goal of the resort and the foundation that this information is taken to their home and their community. 

Second-grader Willisha Eugene said that it was good to see the Sesame Street characters and to learn what to do in a hurricane, “Now I know what to do to help keep myself, my family and friends, safe during a storm.”  She said, “I enjoyed the event. Now I can share what I learn with my younger brother and sister on how to stay safe.”

The ‘Let’s Get Ready’ hurricane preparedness seminar is the first of many interactive lessons the Sandals Foundation, in collaboration with Sesame Street Workshop.

Release: Sandals Resorts

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