10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm destroyed much of the Gulf Coast including Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

In remembrance of those who lost lives and recognition of the resiliency of those who survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the Red Cross Nevada Region will join other Red Cross regions across the country in creating the World’s Largest Pillowcase Project on Saturday, Aug. 29.  Instructors in southern Nevada will be presenting the Pillowcase Project at Nellis Air Force Base.

The Pillowcase Project evolved from discussions started by the Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter in 2005, after responders learned of students packing items in their pillowcases as they evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina.

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Disaster education presentations to elementary students in New Orleans eventually evolved into a national program that now teaches tens of thousands of children all over the country how to prepare for emergencies and how respond to weather-related disasters.

Participants in grades 3-5 receive a specially designed pillowcase, which they personalize during training. They are encouraged to engage their family to create an emergency preparedness kit at home.

Find out how you can become a Pillowcase Project Presenter and help teach these skills to young students here in southern Nevada by visiting http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas/volunteer.

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