About the Program
As we all know, disasters can strike quickly and without warning. While these events can be frightening for adults, they can be traumatic for children, particularly if they don’t know what to do. In the emergency shelters opened in days and weeks following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, volunteer Red Cross shelter workers began to notice a pattern. Many children entered the shelters carrying pillowcases containing their cherished and basic possessions: a stuffed animal, a special blanket, a favorite book, and, in many cases, not much more. In that chaotic and traumatic situation, an idea was born that has since become known as The Pillowcase Project.
Disney Pillowcase Project
The Disney Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Generally given as a 60 minute presentation by Red Cross volunteers, the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community.
Schedule a Presentation
The Disney pillowcase program is free and offered in many communities across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. To see if the Pillowcase Project is offered in your area, please contact your local Red Cross chapter.