WCEM to Host “Hericane Florida” Leadership Camp for Young Women

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Walton County Emergency Management is excited to host “Hericane Florida,” Landfall: Walton County, a free, weeklong girl’s day camp dedicated to transitioning young women into community leaders and showcasing the emergency management as an obtainable and rewarding career path. This week-long camp is for young women entering 9-12th grade in the 2022 school year and will be hosted June 6th-10th at the Walton County Emergency OPerations Center.

“After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to host Hericane this summer,” said Jeff Goldberg, Walton County Emergency Management Director. “The Emergency Management profession is more than coordination during a disaster; it is a network of critical thinkers and diverse individuals that come together to help build a more disaster-resilient community. The purpose of this program is to help Walton County’s young women find their niche, become better prepared and develop skills to apply to any career path they choose.”

This free week-long camp provides exercises in disaster preparedness, leadership skills, networking tools, career exploration, professional development and confidence building. Program curriculum fire safety and fire extinguisher training, a mock activation, drone training, CPR certification, storm spotter training, basic first aid, confidence building and more.

“One of the most unique aspects of the program is the one-on-one mentoring camp participants will receive,” Said Donna Free, Walton County Emergency Management Deputy Director. “From local, state and national emergency agencies to private sector organizations and higher education, we wanted to ensure our mentors would provide perspectives from a wide range of disciplines to fit each girl’s interest.”

Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the public safety field or you are looking to become better prepared for the professional world, Hericane has something for everyone. Registration is now open! To register, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/Hericane2022. WCEM is actively looking for sponsors to help underwrite the cost. Please email Jeff Goldberg at Jeff@waltoncountyem.org to discuss sponsorship opportunities. WCEM says “Please join us as we endeavor to empower the next generation of female leaders. For more information, please visit www.waltoncountyem.org or Walton County Emergency Management on Facebook.

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