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Empire editorial: Ready, Set, Survive!

Posted: March 31, 2011 - 8:08pm

Sometimes good things can come in the aftermath of tragedy. This is the case with Saturday’s “Ready, Set, Survive!” event at Nugget Mall.

A partnership was born three years ago between Bartlett Regional Hospital and the Rotary Club of Juneau with the aim of providing safety education for children and adults. What were two separate efforts have joined to make an all-in-one event for kids and outdoor enthusiasts.

For more than two decades, Bartlett Regional Hospital has been coordinating upwards of 30 local agencies and organizations and hundreds of volunteers as participants in its “Kids Safe” fair to provide Juneau children with the knowledge and skills needed to help reduce preventable accidents. These events have been packed with safety tips, demonstrations and a variety of fun-filled activities.

Three years ago, the Rotary Club of Juneau founded its annual Southeast Alaska Outdoor Safety Expo (SOS). The genesis of their project came from the tragic loss of fellow Rotarian Brian Andrews and son Brandon. Their plane was lost only a few months earlier while attempting their return to Juneau from nearby Young’s Lake.

With the two men being known as avid outdoorsmen, adventurers and passionate about everything Alaskan, it hit with a stark reality that even those who possess extraordinary prowess in the field could also encounter unexpected events with heartbreaking outcomes. The Rotary Club of Juneau elected to use this life lesson to celebrate the exceptional local outdoor activities available year around and create the opportunity to better prepare folks for the challenges those environments present.

Safety is important to each of us, our families and our friends. Whether a self-proclaimed homebody or one who ventures regularly or occasionally onto the trails or the waters around us, there are safety tips for everyone.

The event offers an extensive array of safety programs. They range from emergency planning, boating safety, bicycle safety, eye injury prevention, fire and life safety, child fingerprinting and much, much more.

But it doesn’t end there. Organizations like the Humane Society, AEL&P, Juneau Archery Club, Juneau 4H Shooting Sports and Juneau Freewheelers all offer up ways to be safe in our surroundings while enjoying our homes or partaking in fun and entertaining activities.

There’s even more — too much to cover here. We urge you to turn out for the event and we’re confident you won’t be disappointed.

The recipe for Ready, Set, Survive! takes one part “Kids Safe,” adds one part “SOS” and tops it off with great community turnout. Thank you Bartlett Regional Hospital and the Juneau Rotary Club for your gift to our community.

The free event opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Saturday at Nugget Mall.

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