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Fun Preparedness Event and Snowball Fight on Aug 29

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Have fun while preparing your family for emergencies

The American Red Cross invites families to participate in “The World’s Largest Pillowcase Project,” a fun, interactive emergency preparedness event, on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Children’s Village.

The FREE, 2-hour event will engage children in learning about local natural hazards, mental and emotional resiliency tips in the face of emergencies, and how to stay safe during the most common disaster: home fires. Participants will get to decorate and keep a pillowcase that can serve as an emergency go-kit bag. The event will conclude with a “snowball” fight with yarn balls. 

WHAT:   World’s Largest Pillowcase Project – Emergency Preparedness Family Fun Event

WHERE: The Children’s Village (Across from Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, in Lions Park), Cheyenne

WHEN: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29

COST: FREE

ACTIVITIES: Learn about emergency preparedness, race in home fire escape “relay race,” decorate and keep emergency kit pillowcase, participate in a group yarn “snowball” fight

The Cheyenne event is one of dozens of similar events going on across the country the weekend of Aug. 29 with the goal of reaching hundreds – perhaps thousands – of children with disaster preparedness and resiliency in honor of the resiliency demonstrated by Americans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.

The Pillowcase Project, a national program offered in schools, after-school programs, summer camps and other youth programs and events to teach 3rd - 5th graders and their families how to prepare for disasters.

The Pillowcase Project curriculum is structured by three core principles: Learn, Practice and Share. Students will learn about hazards, how to prepare for emergencies, enhance coping skills, practice what they have learned and share their knowledge with friends and family. The program emphasizes the importance of developing an emergency communications plan, fire evacuation plan and emergency contact cards. 

The program also teaches students how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during an emergency. Students will have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases during the presentation, and are encouraged to take them home to create a kit. 

Created in New Orleans, The Pillowcase Project was inspired by the story of local university students carrying their belongings in pillowcases during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Through the program, the Red Cross aims to incorporate preparedness education into elementary school and after-school curriculums nationwide. The program is sponsored by Disney. 

“Kids are at a much higher risk of being hurt in a home fire or other disaster,” said Russ Paulsen, executive director, Community Preparedness for the Red Cross nationwide. “The Pillowcase Project helps them protect themselves by teaching them in a fun way how to be safe.”

For more information about The Pillowcase Project in Wyoming, contact Ari Denson at ari.denson@redcross.org.