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Louisiana Red Cross Partners with Robotics Club

The American Red Cross will partner with Westdale Heights Elementary School’s robotics club to teach students disaster preparedness this Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The students will learn about natural disasters utilizing the American Red Cross Masters of Disaster® series, an educational tool that educators can use to teach children how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other emergencies. This Saturday’s event is in preparation for a competition at a global robotics tournament that the club will participate in next fall. The tournament challenge, titled Nature’s Fury – Prepare, Respond, Recover, requires students to research and develop solutions to problems surrounding natural disasters.

Louisiana Capital Area Chapter Executive Bobbi M. Zaunbrecher hopes to partner with more schools to widen the scope of the Red Cross’s disaster preparedness education. “Getting better prepared for disasters and other emergencies can be a fun activity. There is no better place to start building a resilient community than with our young people. They learn, they innovate, they take their solutions home and they influence the family’s behavior.”

The American Red Cross Masters of Disaster® curriculum is centered on a series of ready-to-go lesson plans that help organizations educate youth about important disaster safety and preparedness information. Masters of Disaster contains lessons, activities, and demonstrations on disaster-related topics that organizations can incorporate into daily or thematic programming. The Masters of Disaster curriculum materials meet national educational standards and are specifically tailored for lower elementary (K–2), upper elementary (3–5) and middle school (6–8) classes.

Masters of Disaster® covers 11 topics that address specific types of disaster—weather-related, geological and human caused. Students will learn what to do in different phases of the disaster—before, during and after; and in different places—in the community, at school and at home.

The Red Cross works with schools and educators to provide technical and material support for the lessons. To partner with the American Red Cross at your school, contact Barbara Bourgeois at (225) 456-5616 or

To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by housefires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text - visit or call (225) 291-4533, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at