Palm Springs trains children in disaster preparedness

The City of Palm Springs wants its residents to be prepared in the event of a disaster.

With extreme heat, fires, floods and earthquakes as some of the dangers facing Valley residents, Palm Springs Emergency Management Coordinator Daniel DeSelms said he was crucial to have supplies on hand.

“Emergency services are overwhelmed in any emergency,” he said. “Being able to take care of yourself and your neighborhood takes some of the stress out of police and fire.”

During a training session at the Palm Springs Public Library on Thursday, a group of young children looked at one of the crucial elements of disaster planning: what to eat.

DeSelms recommends people have two weeks or even a month of emergency food.

From dehydrated fruit to instant mac and cheese, kids got a taste of survival – freeze-dried desert ice cream included.

“I loved it. It was really good and for how long it lasted, it was absolutely like ice cream,” Aden Butler said.

Shelf life is another important factor, DeSelms said. Some of the foods he introduced can stay good for 5 to 30 years.

DeSelms said her goal is to plant the young seeds that children and their families need to be prepared. “It makes their brain think that preparation doesn’t have to be difficult and can last a lifetime,” he said.

“This food is good,” Butler said. “So if an emergency arises, then I will be ready for it.”

Click here to learn more from the Palm Springs Emergency Management Team.