By Melissa Watson-Coetzee
We can’t stop disasters (though we wish we could) but what we can do is be prepared when disaster strikes. The Pillowcase Project is an initiative that was inspired by the ingenious children that began using their pillowcases to grab their most cherished belongings during Hurricane Katrina. The goals of The Pillowcase Project are to:
1. Help students become familiar with the types of disasters that affect our local area such as earthquakes, fires and floods.
2. Inform students and, by extension, families about the importance of creating a disaster preparedness kit and plan.
What we have found is that by teaching one child about disaster preparedness through the Pillowcase Project we are able to teach an entire family. The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada is a huge supporter of this national initiative and we are currently offering free classes for elementary school children to teach them about Emergency Preparedness. Just this week, we worked with a local Las Vegas Valley Girl Scout camp to teach the scouts how they can help their families be prepared for and what to do during a disaster.
If your class or organization would like to have this fun and useful presentation delivered free of charge, please email Sean Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would be delighted to arrange a presentation with your school or organization.