The Missouri-Arkansas Region of the American Red Cross offers a variety of programs to help adults, children and groups better prepare for emergencies.
Programs for Children and Adults
The Pillowcase Project is a free interactive preparedness program designed for children in grades 3 through 5. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards, teach safety and emotional coping skills, as well as the importance of personal preparedness. Through the presentation, students learn the best ways to stay safe and how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during a disaster. Students will receive a workbook and will be encouraged to decorate and personalize their pillowcases and share what they’ve learned with friends and family.
Prepare with Pedro
Prepare with Pedro is a 30- to 45-minute preparedness education program for grades K-2 that teaches students how to BE PREPARED and TAKE ACTION for either home fires or a local hazard. Prepare with Pedro compliments The Pillowcase Project in scope and mission, by reading a story featuring a penguin named Pedro.
Students learn a coping skill and receive a storybook to share what they have learned at home
Perfect for schools and after-school programs
Be Red Cross Ready Training
Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes.
Be Red Cross Ready is a national, standardized, free preparedness education curriculum for adults taught by certified presenters, all hosted by the American Red Cross. The program is designed to help people understand, prepare for and respond appropriately to disasters, such as floods, wildfires and hurricanes. A companion module covering the COVID-19 response is also now available. Classes are virtual and can be presented at a time that fits the schedule of your group of adults.
Preparedness for your business or organization
Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.