On June 15, Red Cross experts taught 34 children from the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club about local disasters, how to escape from a home fire, and how to get themselves and their families better prepared for emergencies.
The children also learned emotional coping skills and finished the training by personalizing pillowcases into which they will be able to collect the supplies of an emergency kit.
The training was through The Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 -5. The Pillowcase Project teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Generally given as a 60 minute presentation by Red Cross volunteers, the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community.
For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/school/preparedness-education/the-pillowcase-project