On Wednesday, March 4, Littleton Public Schools partnered with the American Red Cross to provide hands-on preparedness training for about 100 children and their parents.
The Red Cross Community Emergency Preparedness Evening featured the Be Red Cross Ready emergency preparedness training for adults, The Pillowcase Project preparedness education program for students in grades 3-5, and a special “junior first aid” training for children in grades K-2.
“This was such a fantastic opportunity to educate the entire family, from the youngest to the oldest,” said Troy Staples, Preparedness Manager for the Red Cross Colorado & Wyoming Region. “By engaging people of all ages, we hope to improve their chances of preventing emergencies, safely making it through disasters and being more resilient and able to bounce back after a disaster.”
• The Be Red Cross Ready training taught participants measures and actions that can be helpful in the face of natural and human-caused disasters as well as other emergencies.
• The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for elementary-age students that teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and coping skills. The one-hour, interactive presentation touches upon what to do during the most common disaster – home fires – and provides students with a pillowcase in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit.
• Junior First Aid was a unique training offered by Littleton Public Schools for the very youngest family members so that those children could learn basic skills for emergencies while their family members attended more in-depth trainings. The class covered the first steps to take in an emergency, how to talk to emergency responders, how to make a portable first aid kit, how to handle basic first aid issues, and how to care for a person who is sick.
To find out more about getting your family, school or organization prepared, visit http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/programs-services/preparedness .