The group, which included Daisies, Brownies and older Girl Scouts, learned about FEMA and the importance of being prepared for emergencies during the visit. Each participant was able to earn their Emergency Preparedness Patch, created by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and former Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Kathy Cloninger.
Following a welcoming reception with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, the girls were split into groups for breakout sessions with personnel from the center.
Activities included making "bandages" out of graham crackers, icing and red syrup while learning helmet safety; attending an interactive discussion on basic emergency preparedness with Tim Manning, the deputy administrator of FEMA for Protection and National Preparedness; and discussing safety during weather emergencies with Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich.
The goal of the program was to teach the girls about emergency preparedness so they would be less anxious during an actual emergency, and share what they learned with family and friends.