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Minister offers to send children from flood-hit Siberia to summer camps, including Crimea

May 31, 2014, 18:40 UTC+3 BARNAUL
“Vacations should be organised for children from flooded districts at summer camps in Crimea, Krasnodar Territory and if someone wishes in southern Siberia,” Minister Vladimir Puchkov said
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BARNAUL, May 31 /ITAR-TASS/. Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov offered to send children from flood-hit Siberian regions to spend vacations at children’s sanatoria, including in the Russian Republic of Crimea.

“Vacations should be organised for children from flooded districts at summer camps in Crimea, Krasnodar Territory and if someone wishes in southern Siberia,” the minister told ministry’s officials on Saturday.

Puchkov will launch an upgraded version of a children’s Internet portal of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) on International Day for Protection of Children marked in many countries on June 1, EMERCOM spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky stated. 

“The minister will talk to children holidaymaking at a summer camp, will tell them about a safe lifestyle, rules they should observe so that outdoor vacationing would not cause any problems. Meanwhile, the minister will launch an upgraded version of a children’s Internet portal for the propaganda of the safe life,” he said.

Children participated in creation of the new version of the website, Drobyshevsky added.

“Children were involved in rebranding of the Internet portal, a new structure of the website was developed and the image of the main hero was changed. Children have selected the main hero of the website. The hero became a red-haired boy - a young rescuer and a hero of modern times - Spasik. He has a four-legged friend which was not named yet,” the EMERCOM spokesman said.

The name to the dog will be selected in a contest among children. Winners will be presented with precious prizes, Drobyshevsky said.

On the front page of the website children will be able to learn in detail about emergency services.

Meanwhile, rescue services will hold open-door days for children on June 1 throughout the country.

“The minister decided that all emergency situation units would hold open-door days on June 1, when firemen and rescuers will tell children about their interesting and heroic profession, will show modern machinery and will conduct contests and quizzes among children. Winners of contests will be awarded with precious prizes,” he said.

Children will familiarise with modern emergency and rescue machinery on Vorobyovy Hills in Russia’s capital, Moscow. “On that day divers, rescuers, firemen, dog handlers will show their high skills with use of advanced emergency and rescue machinery, a unique collection of gas masks from different countries will be put on display, master classes will be given and children will be taught safety measures,” Drobyshevsky said.

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