Roosevelt student prepares children for emergency disasters

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A high school student at Roosevelt is working to make sure our community's children are prepared for any disaster by distributing emergency preparedness tips and bags to children.

Artissha James is a member of 100 Strong. She has been working hard on a capstone project with the goal of improving disaster preparedness for children. She met with staff from the Rockford Fire Department to gain feedback and learn more about disaster response. She then developed emergency kits and a training program, specifically targeted for children in Rockford. She handed the emergency bags out Saturday at 100 Strong.

"When I first came to this program, they introduced it to me. They have a smaller event where they showed natural disasters and it pushed me to want to create bags for children because as we've seen today, most children don't have bags at home with important stuff that they need, even if it's something small. So I wanted to be able to give back to the community for that," said Artissha James, a student at Roosevelt High School.

James filled the bags with water, face masks, whistles, cream and other necessities in case of an emergency. She raised funds through the website www.donorschoose.org to make this project possible.