School Safety Initiative

  • Little boy sitting in front of Red Cross emergency response vehicle

Sponsored by: Oracle Corporation

Red Cross New Hampshire School Initiative Sponsor

Has your child learned how to save a life?

If not, ask their school, “Why not?”

The School Safety Initiative (SSI) is a program generously sponsored by the Oracle Corporation to help teach children, teens and young adults learn disaster preparedness, safety awareness and first aid skills. SSI programs give students the knowledge to prevent accidents and how to prepare and respond to a variety of emergency situations. The students can also learn basic first aid skills and how to wash their hands appropriately. We also teach how to prepare and respond in disasters, both natural and human caused, as well as safe behavior in, on and around water. Thanks to the generous grant from Oracle, we are able to provide these courses and the materials completely free of charge.

Also, all of the courses listed are designed to be taught in-house by teachers, nurses or volunteers. Easy-to-follow instructor and student books supplied upon request. This program is only available in the Nashua are and 17 surrounding towns including: Amherst, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Hudson, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Ipswich, Pelham, Salem, Temple, Wilton and Windham.

Program Listing

Scrubby Bear

Want your kids to have good hygiene? Have the American Red Cross come in and present Scrubby Bear! Each presentation is about half an hour and provides children with plenty of interactive activities.

Children will hear a story about Scrubby Bear, be amazed by the “glo-germs” a black light picks up, receive a “Scrubby Bear Clean Hands Club” membership card and will learn the Scrubby Bear hand washing song! With these activities and more, we can improve your student’s knowledge and hygiene.

4-7 year olds (Grades K-2)
  • 20 minute program teaching what germs are
  • how to properly wash your hands and
  • learn when to wash your hands
First Aid for Children Today (FACT)

5-8 year olds (Grades K-3)
  • 10-14 hours of health promotion and injury prevention
  • First Aid for You
  • Healthy Living Habits
  • Careful Kids
  • Injury Prevention
  • Road Safety
  • First Aid for the Environment
Basic Aid Training (BAT)

8-12 year olds (Grades 2-6)
  • 6-12 hours
  • accident prevention
  • staying calm
  • basic first aid
  • how to implement Emergency Action Steps-Check, Call, Care.
WHALE Tales (Water Habits Are Learned Early)

5-12 year olds (Grades K-6)
  • 1 hour video and questions and answers providing easy to follow information to learn safe behavior in, on and around the water
When I’m In Charge

8-11 year olds (Grades 3-5)
  • 1 hour
  • learn to be more aware of the potential dangers they could face when left home alone
  • responsibility for personal safety as well as the safety of younger siblings
  • keeping your house key safe
  • door safety
  • dealing with fires and gas leaks
  • phone and internet safety
  • how to get help and other safety related topics
Masters of Disaster (MOD)

The American Red Cross Masters of Disaster® curriculum is centered on a series of ready-to-go lesson plans that help both organizations and parents educate children about important disaster safety and preparedness information. The Masters of Disaster curriculum materials are specifically tailored for lower elementary (K–2), upper elementary (3–5) and middle school (6–8) classes.

Masters of Disaster contains lessons, activities, and demonstrations on disaster-related topics that organizations can incorporate into daily or thematic programming. The curriculum is non-sequential, allowing organizers to choose the lesson plans that best fit into their topics of interest.

The education on essential preparedness skills that children receive through the program will carry them through life. Lessons are enjoyable and interactive, ensuring that everyone is having fun while internalizing important life skills though building capabilities in Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

Masters of Disaster can be used to help reduce children's anxiety about unknown aspects of disasters and tragic events. They will also gain confidence to deal successfully with life's unexpected turns.

  • Preparing for any disaster with Be Disaster Safe
  • Coping with tough issues like terrorism, war and pandemic flu with Facing Fear
  • Recovering and rebuilding from any disaster with In the Aftermath
  • Preventing injuries that happen at home with Home Safety
  • Earthquakes
  • Fire Prevention and Safety
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Wild Fires
Patches & Badges: Scout training is available at the Nashua Chapter.

For more information about any of these programs contact Abby Kelly: 603-889-6664 x245 or

Other Preparedness Resources

  • Prepare Your Home and Family
    The Red Cross is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference. Be Red Cross Ready: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed

  • About Fire Safety & Prevention
    Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

  • In-Home Smoke Alarm Installation
    The American Red Cross New Hampshire & Vermont Region is making homes fire resistant through the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. At no cost to you, we would like to demonstrate some simple changes in the home that will help you protect your family against fire. In addition, the Red Cross will install a FREE smoke alarm within your home.