RSVP Volunteers are Winter Ready

Butte RSVP
Senior Corps Members Celebrate Service Contributions
and Prepare for Winter

Montana has some of the harshest and most unpredictable winter weather conditions in the nation. Are you ready for hazardous winter conditions? Over 200 Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers are!

Butte School District RSVP volunteers attended the 13th Annual Recognition Event at the Copper King Hotel in Butte on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to recognize the over 72,000 hours of service provided by the 349 active RSVP volunteers over the past year. These Senior Corps volunteers serve with agencies and organizations throughout the Butte community, including area schools, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, World Museum of Mining, Our Lady of the Rockies, St. James Healthcare, and many more.

Butte RSVP

The theme for this year’s event was “The 1st 72 Is On You: preparing for disasters and emergencies of all types.” Guest speakers Katie Gallagher, Ready Montana Coordinator, and Dave McPherson, Butte-Silver Bow 911 Manager, emphasized the importance of creating a 72 hour emergency supply kit, participating in local emergency programs such as smart 911, and helping neighbors in times of need.

All event goers received emergency supply kit starter bags and emergency reminder magnets. The bags can be used to build a well-stocked 72 hour emergency supply kit for the home and car. The magnets provide a place to list emergency contacts and tips for what to do an emergency. Participants also shared a wealth of knowledge by discussing their experiences and providing tips for emergency preparedness from filling the bathtub with water when there is a severe weather warning to setting up a designated emergency meeting place not only for your family, but also for your business.

Join the Montana National Service community and hundreds of Montanans by learning more about Winter Ready Montana and prepare your family, neighborhood, and community for winter in Montana by hosting a neighborhood preparedness party!

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