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Red Cross Offering emergency Prepardness Program for kids

JACKSON, MS (August 07, 2015)—The Red Cross Mississippi is currently offering The Pillowcase Project, a national program offered in schools, after-school programs, 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.

“We are thrilled to offer The Pillowcase Project in schools and after school programs. The program gives students the opportunity to learn about the science behind various hazards and the importance of preparedness in a fun and interactive way,” said Tina Labellarte, interim regional executive, Red Cross Mississippi Region. “The hands-on activities will also help to build confidence so that kids are prepared to take action during an emergency.”

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.

For more information about The Pillowcase Project, contact: Martha Duvall at 228-896-4511 ext. 4555.