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American Red Cross World’s Largest Pillowcase Project


Sacramento, CA (August 19, 2015) Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, affecting millions of people. Many children were traumatized by their memories of the storm’s fury so the American Red Cross developed a program using something as simple as a pillowcase to help these children feel safer and more prepared for a disaster.

 Children learn how to create their own emergency supply kit by packing essential items in a pillowcase which is easy to carry in an emergency. They can decorate and personalize their pillowcase and each child receives a “My Preparedness Workbook” and a certificate of completion at the end of their training.

 Today, the Red Cross Pillowcase Project is available free to teach young children about natural hazards and how they can prepare for disasters. 

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, participating Red Cross chapters across the country will hold the World’s Largest Pillowcase Project events to reinforce the importance of disaster preparedness planning and to highlight a positive outcome of Hurricane Katrina.

 WHO:                         American Red Cross Gold Country Region

WHAT:                      10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – World’s Largest Pillowcase Project

WHERE:                    Prairie Elementary School

                                    5251 Valley Hi Dr.

Sacramento, CA 95823

WHEN:                       Monday, August 24, 2015

8:30am – 11:30am
(There will be three presentations during this time. Each workshop is one hour.)

VISUALS:                  Red Cross Pillowcase Project Presenters teaching students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills with Disney materials.


-Happy students sharing their experience

                                    -Educators sharing their experience

                                    -My preparedness workbooks


“In the last ten years, the Pillowcase Project has helped countless children better plan for their future,” said Lilly Wyatt, American Red Cross Gold Country Region Communications Director “It all started with a pillowcase and an idea to help children in New Orleans and has spread to hundreds of communities across the country, locally we have been to dozens of schools and educated more than 3600 children.”

 Through the Pillowcase Project, children in grades three through five learn how weather hazards occur, how to get ready for and to cope with emergencies. They also learn how to develop a way to contact household members in an emergency situation, how to develop fire escape plans and emergency contact cards and how important it is to share what they learn with members of their household so everyone can be prepared.



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