NJSGC Receives Grant from Investors Foundation to Offer “Ocean Hazards and Beach Safety” Rip Current Awareness Program

February 6th, 2020

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) recently received a $2,500 grant from Investors Foundation at our office headquarters in Sandy Hook. The grant will help further NJSGC’s mission of promoting the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education, and outreach. This grant will continue to directly support NJSGC’s Rip Current Awareness program. NJSGC’s interactive “Ocean Hazards and Beach Safety” presentation will be offered at no charge to schools throughout Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties from March-June, 2020.

“According to the National Weather Service, 85 people lost their lives to rip currents in the U.S. in 2019. This is a staggering statistic, and one that can be prevented. By placing signage on ocean beaches, as well as producing and distributing tens of thousands of informational flyers and children’s workbooks, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium works hard to dispel misconceptions about rip currents and to increase awareness of the dangers associated with unsafe ocean swimming. This fun interactive program engages school-age children with solid, fact-based rip current education and beach safety. We are grateful to Investors Foundation for giving us the opportunity to offer this program free of charge to a limited number of shore schools and community organizations to help keep their residents and visitors safe from ocean hazards.”                                   

– Diana Burich, NJSGC Acting Director of Education

Please click here to learn more about NJSGC’s Rip Current Awareness program.

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