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Children’s Safety and Preparedness Programs

  • new york city Children’s Safety and Preparedness Programs
The American Red Cross Greater New York Region offers a variety of programs to help children learn the importance of health and safety from an early age. Our programs include:

Pillowcase Project

Pillowcase Project

The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a free interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as the importance of personal preparedness. Through instructor-led presentations, students learn the best ways to stay safe and how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during a disaster. Students also have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases and share what they’ve learned with friends and family. For more information about The Pillowcase Project and how your child, his or her school, after-school program or your local community group can participate, contact:

Denise Bloise at (646) 557-5727 or

Safety Town

Safety Town

Safety Town is a comprehensive one week safety education program offered every summer that teaches awareness and accident prevention skills to local children entering kindergarten in the fall.

Originally brought to the area by the Junior League of Greenwich, Safety Town is now a program offered by the American Red Cross Greater New York Region.

Under guidance of classroom teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMS and other community helpers, children learn in an indoor classroom setting as well as on a specially designed kid-sized “Safety Town” layout.

Children are fitted with their own bike safety helmet that they use for the week, and then take home to keep. They ride pedal cars, walk and “shop” through the town complete with buildings, crosswalks, sidewalks, and street markings. They also tour an ambulance, fire truck and school bus.

Daily lessons are followed up with take-home handouts and additional reference information for parents and caregivers. At the end of each week of training, the graduates each received a Safety Town diploma.

Four weekly sessions are running at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center at 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, and Ct from June 4th through 15th. Morning sessions run 9:00 to 11:30 and the afternoon session from 12:30 to 3:00. Registration begins February 1st. For information and questions, please call 203-869-8444 or email

Download the PDF applications here:

  • For Greenwich, CT