Murray Swears in New Supervisor and Department Heads…For a Day Students Participate in Mock Hurricane Drill: Exercise Takes on Real Life Significance in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray will be handing over the reins to a Division Avenue High School Junior for a day as part of Students in Government Day 2015, which will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2015, while eleven other students from throughout the township will be sworn in as department heads and called into duty during a mock severe weather scenario.

“Well over two years has passed since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on communities throughout the Town of Hempstead, but the path of destruction is still evident with homes being repaired and beaches opening for the summer season,” stated Supervisor Murray.  “As Hurricane season is about to commence yet again, this program is a great opportunity for 1th grade government students to experience first hand how government responds during times of crisis.”    

By working through a mock hurricane scenario, the students will learn how closely all town departments have to work together in order to best service the residents in an emergency.  The scenario will feature a hurricane headed straight for Long Island. Students will interact in their various roles to protect the safety and well being of town residents in the midst of the weather crisis.  The real department heads will guide them throughout the day.

Students from the following schools will participate in the mock severe weather scenario: Oceanside High School, East Meadow High School, Valley Stream South High School, Elmont Memorial High School, Sewanhaka High School, Mepham High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Calhoun High School, MacArthur High School, Division Avenue High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School and the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaways.

Students will reconvene for a final emergency management meeting where they will provide a brief update of what transpired within their department. Afterward, they will have a question and answer session with Supervisor Murray and council members.

“These students are all learning about government this year, and Students in Government Day is a truly hands-on lesson for them,” concluded Supervisor Murray.