DSU Digital Storytelling students film disaster drill
On Sept. 14, 2013, a disaster struck in the Douglas County town of Armour, S.D. A house being used for a meth production area, which also happened to be a daycare facility run by a pregnant woman, exploded. This led to traumatized and contaminated kids, a woman who went into labor, a fire, and a dead body on the front porch. And four DSU students were there to film it all.
While the events did happen, they were part of a mock disaster drill run by Douglas County emergency management, which included fire, medical and police personnel. The drill provided an opportunity to practice and evaluate their procedures and skills by working together in the scenario to rescue the victims of the disaster and to collaborate in their findings.
DSU Digital Storytelling videographers were Sean DeVaney from Madison, S.D.; Darian Devries and Nick Haradon from Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Craig Sanden from Watertown, S.D. DSU Digital Storytelling faculty Joe Staudenbaur and Susan Conover mentored the students, and Professor Alan Montgomery photographed the event.
“I am excited to be a part of this production,” stated Montgomery. ”Working with students in the field in a professional capacity is really fun and rewarding.”
The DSU students edited the video and audio recordings to create a training film for Douglas County and other emergency management entities throughout the state of S.D.
Read more about a Digital Arts and Design degree with a specialization in Digital Storytelling from DSU at http://www.dsu.edu/majors-programs/dad-digital-storytelling.aspx.