Emergency Crash Simulation to be Held This Weekend in Buckeye

The Way Out West (WoW) Coalition, in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Buckeye Fire and Buckeye Police, launch a Public Safety event for the town of Buckeye on April 2, 2011. The event is designed to continue the promotion of the WoW Coalition's "Prevent, Don't Provide Alcohol to Anyone Under The Age of 21" mission and Buckeye's recently proclaimed Social Host Ordinance that holds adults responsible for providing alcohol to minors. It will also raise awareness not only to youth but to parents and adults in the Buckeye community about the dangers of underage drinking.

On April 2, WoW Coalition members, Buckeye residents and high school students will carry out this free event from 10am - 4pm in the Walmart parking lot (1060 S. Watson Road, Buckeye). Helpful information and activities will be available, including displays from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Buckeye Police. The Buckeye Fire Department will have an emergency rescue demonstration at 12pm. The demonstration will include an air evacuation helicopter, ladder truck, and smashed vehicle scene.

Available interviews:
 Jillian Laham: Youth Evaluation & Treatment Centers, WoW Coalition
 Ed Eddingfield: DrugFreeAZ.org, WoW Coalition
Photo Opportunities
 WoW Coalition members talking to Buckeye residents about the dangers of underage drinking and the Social Host Ordinance
 Department of Public Safety, Buckeye Fire and Police department set-ups and officers talking to residents

About the Way Out West Coalition

The Way Out West Coalition was established in November 2008, as a result of a collaborative project through the Partnership for a Drug Free America and Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers (YETC). The WoW Coalition is focused on the town of Buckeye, but also draws from the Verrado and Rainbow Valley communities.

The Partnership for a Drug Free America, its Arizona affiliate, and YETC began building capacity and collecting the necessary data for a comprehensive community needs assessment. The coalition identified underage drinking as the community's current substance use issue.

For more information about the WoW Coalition, visit our website: http://www.wayoutwestcoalition.org

This project has been funded in part by Magellan Health Services of Arizona.