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British Red Cross and Girlguiding UK brace themselves for “imminent disaster” in Chingford

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For immediate release Wednesday 22 April
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British Red Cross and Girlguiding UK brace themselves for “imminent disaster” in Chingford

“Storms” and “floods” will descend on Chingford this Saturday (25 April 2009) when the British Red Cross takes Guides and Senior Section members on simulated disaster events at a training event on emergency response.

An estimated 80 young women between the ages of ten to 25 are expected to participate in courses on emergency awareness, First Aid and other Red Cross activities as part of the Power of Humanity Challenge event. Saturday’s drills are in line with a partnership the Red Cross has forged with Girlguiding UK  to create educational resources for their membership and educating young women to become responsible humanitarian citizens.

19 other charity agencies are working with Girlguiding UK for its Changing the World initiative, to mark the organisation’s Centenary this year.

Ruth Penha, who co-ordinates the Power of Humanity project at the Red Cross said: “We’re looking to equip the girls with skills they may need in the near future or later on in life. The simulated disaster events and ‘real life’ emergency response scenarios bring a practical setting to dealing with a disaster. Nonetheless, it should be a day of great fun and education for the girls.”

The participants are expected to deal with scenarios involving an electrical storm and strong winds, damaged transport and networks, evacuations and other post-disaster events.


Notes to editors

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