Fairfield Community Schools to receive emergency preparedness kits

51 Emergency Preparedness Packs will be distributed throughout the Fairfield Community Schools District this week

The Fairfield Community Schools District will be getting a special delivery this week.

51 emergency preparedness packs were recently purchased which contain enough supplies for four people to survive for three days.

Each year, hospitals and public health departments receive grant dollars specifically to go towards emergency preparedness and response. Through this grant, the 51 packs were able to be purchased.

â??The great thing about this is itâ??s kind of a two-fold program because these backpacks are put together by the disabled veterans association so the money goes back to a very worthwhile cause. So we're supporting the school, supporting the emergency preparedness and supporting our veterans which is -- everyone wins in that situation,â?? said Chris Estle-Tedrow, Jefferson County Public Health Administrator.

Back in October, Jefferson County and Fairfield Schools District worked in conjunction to put together a full scale mock mass casualty drill. From that emergency preparedness drill, officials identified some gaps for improvement and purchasing these packs resulted from that.

The emergency packs are just part of the $25,000 grant. The rest of the funds will go towards other emergency preparedness response programs.