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Congratulations on completing The Pillowcase Project! You have learned important ways to stay safe, be prepared, and take action during an emergency. Don’t forget to practice the steps you have learned at home and with friends, and share this information with others who are important to you.

On this website, you can download activity sheets to learn more about earthquakes, floods, home fires, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, and severe winter storms. Each activity sheet has a fun activity and more information about being prepared for these hazards!

Download one or download them all and work on the activities by yourself, with a friend, or with your family. Visit the links at the bottom of each sheet to learn more!

Please share with us as well! Parent and/or guardian feedback is valuable to our program. This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and will help us make sure that the training thousands of youth receive in emergency preparedness is relevant and effective. As a thank you for your time a single use 10% discount code is provided to after submitting the survey. We appreciate your support.

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Are You a Teacher?

Dear Educator:

Thank you for welcoming The Pillowcase Project into your classroom. This American Red Cross program aims to bring emergency preparedness education to 3rd through 5th graders across the United States. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with your students about emergency preparedness, and we hope that you and your students learned a lot from our presentation.

If you would like to keep the learning going, we have available the following resources to be used in your classroom:

  • An At-a-Glance description of The Pillowcase Project
  • A Science of Safety teaching kit that contains a one page teacher’s guide and three reproducible student activity sheets
  • A guide to the education standards supported by The Pillowcase Project
  • These materials can be used in conjunction with the posters you received in class along with the Hazard Activity Sheets also available on this page.

    Throughout the presentation, the My Preparedness Workbook, and the Science of Safety teaching kit, we stress the importance of Learn, Practice, Share:

  • Learn: provide students with basic information about an emergency that is most likely to happen where they live and instruct them in the key protective actions.
  • Practice: give students the opportunity to participate in a physical activity that reinforces what they have learned.
  • Share: encourage students to share what they have learned through collaborative small-group, problem-solving and discussion activities.
  • These interlocking concepts allow students to explore the science behind emergency preparedness. Students will also learn about how emergencies are experienced in the real world, so that they will understand both the environmental causes of natural hazards and what people should do to prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for emergency situations.

    We hope that these materials are helpful and that you will be able to use them to better prepare your students for emergencies of all kinds.

    Please also consider completing the brief educator survey available on this page so we can continue improving our materials with your valuable feedback.

    Thank you,

    Your Friends at the American Red Cross

    Are You a parent or Guardian?
    The activity sheets on this page are part of a Red Cross youth preparedness program called The Pillowcase Project. If you navigated to this site using a link on workbook or handout your child brought home, your child has or will soon participate in The Pillowcase Project. The program is a brief presentation, given by Red Cross volunteers and employees, about emergency preparedness. Your child will receive a pillowcase and a workbook as part of the program. The pillowcase can actually serve as a personal supplies kit for your child! The My Preparedness Workbook has activities and tools that the whole household can use to be better prepared for emergencies.
  • Learn more about preparing your home and family
  • Learn more about the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
  • Find out how you can be involved with your local Red Cross chapter
  • Kids fill out a home fire escape plan
    Home Fire Escape Plans

    Unsure where to start? Use these guides to help begin your escape plan:

  • Single Family Home
  • Multi-Family Home
  • High-Rise Apartment Complex
  • Use this printable worksheet to plan and practice home fire drills
  • Monster Guard App

    For kids aged 7-11. This app teaches preparedness for real-life emergencies at home with the help of Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters.

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