Rapid City High School students help map out the blizzard - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City High School students help map out the blizzard


After the October blizzard hit many people rushed to volunteer. While some were on the frontline helping out, some KOTA Territory students are working behind the scenes.

From sorting newspaper articles to pinning where calls for help came in, Rapid City High School students are mapping out the October blizzard.  

"This is a piece of history and they are helping out with it. And we want to preserve this history so they are helping us by going through all the media sources, archiving that so we can save that as well," said Sara Hornick, of Lutheran Social Services.

Not only have the students kept records of the 1900 phone calls that came in, they are also are documenting who volunteered.  

"I like the ability to go in and show my computer skills with being able to get this thing done and set up for them all," said Ozzie Eide, a Rapid City High School student.

Students are giving back and they are also learning.  

"It does help them get involved in their community. I don't know if any of them were really familiar with FEMA before they started. So I think they have a better understanding of what they do now," said Jessica Dial, the Beyond the Books Internship Coordinator at Rapid City High School.

All of their hard work will be useful.  

"It's great because we have to turn a lot of that documentation into FEMA, because we are considered a national disaster and they are actually helping with that process," said Hornick.

While the work they are doing is behind the scenes, organizers say it's important.  

"We get a lot more volunteers that want to go out and help in the trenches, which is fantastic and great. But it is great that they are willing to do this project which is equally as important," said Hornick.  

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