Public Safety

Student Interns Help County Promote Evacuation Program

Logo for the Neighborhood Evacuation Team that shows two homes and the name of the program.
A logo created by a student at Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design for the County's Neighborhood Evacuation Team program.

Nine students at Kearny High School of Digital Media and Design worked together with the County Office of Emergency Services to help develop and create a promotional campaign for a new Neighborhood Evacuation Team program, which would help vulnerable groups in a disaster.

The senior students agreed to take part in an unpaid internship program with the County Office of Emergency Services and met with OES staff weekly to develop two videos, a poster and infographics to be used for social media, presentations or handouts.

The students, five focused on videos and four on graphics, were given two objectives. One was to recruit volunteers who would help people unable to evacuate without assistance. The other was to advertise to those people who need assistance evacuating to make them aware of the program.

Digital media design teacher Joseph Brendan Walsh said the project “had a high priority because it is a serious need for the county.”

Stephanie Clay, English teacher and senior internship coordinator, said, “One of the reasons I think this particular project is so powerful is it was built from a community relationship and the program is about building community relationships.”

Emergency Services provided direction on the messages, and the students gave their creative input.

“I really enjoyed working on my product because that kind of professional straightforward, concise product is something I really want to hone and I’m pretty proud of my product.” said Carson Brumfield, 17, who worked on one of the videos selected.

Another student, Javier Martinez, 17, who worked on the infographic team, said he took the messaging personally.

“My inspiration for the project was my grandparents. My grandpa needs a cane to walk and so I want to make sure he’s prepared,” said Martinez.

Clay said students were guided to research the message and audiences and work with the client directly as they would in any other internship.

The best part of the project was that it was truly student-driven as far as products, Walsh said. Students acted as independent producers while he acted in an executive producer role only to keep the production process on task.

The other students on the team are Angel Adrian, Mary Sutton, Chyna Angobung, Shaun Madott, Andres Perez, Iris Gomez and Ana Castaneda.

Below are the videos produced by the team.

Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact