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The Eagles Nest transforms into "Survivor Island" for Jan. 18th Afterschool Kickoff

By Joe Sowmick, Contributing Writer

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On Wednesday, Jan. 18th, the Eagles Nest Tribal Gym will undergo a transformation for the Afterschool Kickoff program.  The “Survivor Island Family Fun Day” is a community event sponsored by SCIT Parks & Recreation, Nimkee Public Health, Tribal Police, Tribal Fire, SCIT Risk Management, Tribal Library and the Youth Task Force.

The registration for the “Survivor Island” events will begin at 1pm with the parents and the community receiving a description on how the survivor game is played.  There will be many door prizes for the youth and a chance for families to compete for a special family door prize of a premium suite courtesy of Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

SCIT Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Helen Williams is leading the effort of the multi-departmental community education event.

“The entire family will enjoy the fun filled learning experience that “Survivor Island” will provide and the goal of the event is to bring the entire family together to learn how important each of us is during a disaster or emergency event,” Williams informs.  “Like we learn from the TV series, it takes an entire tribe to survive any emergency and that starts with a single family and that effort grows to include all family members and community members.”

Williams mentions the festivities will start off with important safety and emergency information focused more for the adults and at 3 pm the youth events will begin with the formation of family clan groups.

In the “Survivor Island” style, family clans will be asked to move through different emergency and safety stations. Each clan will get their survivor card stamped and everyone will be able to enter to win some great family prizes.
 “In the event of a catastrophic emergency; as a family, community and First Nation we will be able to learn to survive together,” Tribal Safety Manager David Perez said.  “The safety station will deal with everyday safety on the job and home. Common sense, common skills and knowledge is all it takes. We all have life experience that has brought us safely to this point in life. So, let’s not meet by accident, stop by the safety station at Survivor Island Family Fun Day!”

SCIT Facilities Director Paul Walker will have a station that is focused on furnace safety and the importance of having carbon dioxide detectors.
SCIT Tribal Police Dispatch Officer Dan Morden will be staffing an Emergency 9-1-1 Education Booth so families can learn what 9-1-1 is, how it works, what it can do, and what it can’t do. 
“They will learn what an emergency is and when to call and when not to call 9-1-1.  We want the community to know what is vitally important for emergency telecommunications dispatchers to make the 9-1-1 system as effective as possible,” Officer Morden states.   “Every family or group will be provided tools to take home with them to better prepare them in the event they need help.” 

Nimkee Public Health Nurse Anna Hon will have an education station sponsored by the March of Dimes along with the Healthy Start program.
“I will be having a table representing healthy pregnancies in a disaster or emergency situations,” Nurse Hon informs. “I also have information on what to feed an infant in case of a disaster or emergency.”
Many stations will be having separate prizes at their stations, and the March of Dimes/Healthy Start program will be giving away ten $10 gas cards at their area.

SCIT Tribal Librarian Sarah Prielipp will be highlighting their upcoming Prime Time family reading program as a Survivor Island booth. 
“Literacy is one of the most important survival tools a person can have in their emergency preparedness plan because it enables them to gather the vital information they need,” Prielipp said.  “This is an excellent opportunity for the community to explore the Prime Time family reading program during Survivor Island Family Fun Day.”
The SCIT Tribal Fire department station will feature a Survivor Island challenge that will provide up close lessons on how to use a fire extinguisher and how to stay safe.

Nimkee Public Health Educator Robyn Grinzinger is offering a station that will guide the family in administering first aid and what to do during an emergency.
“We’re encouraging people to come and learn about basic first aid,” Grinzinger chimed.  “This station will inform families on what to do if you have a bloody nose to an open wound.”

Nimkee Public Health Nurse Sue Sowmick will have an education station that will instruct families on emergency MRE’s (meals ready to eat) and Wilma Henry will be giving advice at her cultural station on how to survive and what (and what not) to eat in the wild.

And just to make sure nobody leaves “Survivor Island Family Fun Day” hungry, rez chefs Cindy Quigno, Flossie Sprague and Susan Bettistea will be dishing up chili, cornbread, veggies and other goodies for the “survivors.”
Parks & Recreation Youth Facilities Assistants Rosanna Romero and Betsey Alonzo will be encouraging creativity at the youth craft station with STEPS Grant Coordinator Leah Markel.