Jim Giebel of Illinois recently put on a flood awareness booth for his Eagle Scout Project with the Boy Scouts of America. We spoke to Jim about his experiencing using the resqme tool at his booth.
Question: How did your Eagle Scout project come about?
Answer: After thinking about my Eagle project I decided that I wanted to help my community with some sort of flood awareness project. I had a hard time finding an idea at first, but then I realized that al ot of the community really lacked in preparedness for any type of flooding. It was in recent years that flooding became prominent in my community.
Q: Who and where did you share this information with in your community?
A: I eventually did research and found a abundance of flood prevention materials and information. I had come up with a presentation to present to the Village of Oakbrook and at the final setup, the Taste of Oakbrook.
Q: What kind of safety information did you share?
A: In the booth that I created I also set up a list of items including the resqme to show the public tools and information you can take with you in a emergency preparedness bag. You can keep this at home, in your car, or office. In addition I handed out my own fliers with information on how to prepare yourself in case a flood were to happen to you. The information included things to pack for a emergency prep bag and flood insurance information. Locations to meet your family if separated, how to make and stack sandbags, and where to find them.
Q: What part did the resqme tool and flyers play?
A: The reqme tool and flyers allowed me to present what you could do if you were stuck In your car in a flood situation or if you needed to help out another car. This was a major part in my booth as it gave the public ideas of how they could be prepared in flash flood situations with such a small tool.
Q: Did you work with your troop on this project?
A: During the taste my troop helped me set up and share the information that I received and had made for my community. They were a major part of my project as there were over 25,000 people at the Taste and I couldn’t have done the project without them.
Q: What did you ultimately learn?
A: This project taught me a lot about flooding and I learned as I taught more and more people it was embedded into my brain so that I could teach and help my community more in the future.
Congratulations to Jim on his Eagle Scout project and we commend him for sharing such valuable safety information with his community. With all the recent flooding across the United States, such awareness about emergency preparation is vital in keeping motorists safe on the road. If you want to learn more about the resqme tool, visit: www.resqme.com
-The resqme team