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Duck and Cover! Teens bring preparedness and technology together!

Last week, CRESA had the honor of hosting an award ceremony for three Skyview High School students who won a congressional app challenge for Southwest Washington high school students. Amelia Madarang, Nathan Chen, and Kristen Stilin created an app called Duck and Cover to promote emergency preparedness for individuals. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler personally presented the certificates to the three winners. Amelia, Nathan, and Kristen along with their families were also provided with a tour of CRESA to learn about the Emergency Management and the 911 Dispatch Center.

The app was inspired after an earthquake duck and cover drill at their school. After engaging with other students, they realized that not many of them were prepared for what happens after the shaking stops. The app was designed to provide tips for becoming better prepared and for saving copies of important documents. The creation of the app required researching not only emergency preparedness advice from the Red Cross and other sources, but learning how to program an app. The trio used MIT App Inventor which allowed them to create the application that can run on smartphones.

Two of the three team members will be graduating this year, so Duck and Cover may not progress to the point of being found in the app store, but the team learned that you can bring innovation and new ideas to the world of emergency preparedness.

The emergency management staff at CRESA looks forward to seeing what these smart and innovative people accomplish next.

Congrats Amelia, Nathan, and Kristen!

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