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Katie Moyer
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Local Girl Scout Prepares Her Community for Hurricane Season

HOUSTON (May 21, 2008) – Local Girl Scout Bridget E. experienced the chaos of the evacuation from Houston and its surrounding areas during Hurricane Rita. Therefore, she undertook a project to increase hurricane preparedness as part of her requirements to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

Bridget, a senior at St. Agnes Academy, partnered with TranStar to promote the services they offer such as hurricane preparation tips and detailed evacuation routes. She, along with volunteers she recruited, made presentations at libraries, civic groups and Girl Scout meetings to spread the word.

“The people in my community need to be educated about how to prepare for the hurricane season,” said Bridget. Overall, she reached more than 800 people and hopes the preparation tips and evacuation routes will reduce confusion the next time Houston residents must evacuate.

“I had to evacuate in 2005 and it was a miserable experience,” she said. “When people are armed with the proper information the next evacuation won’t be so bad.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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