The Red Cross and Disney renewed their commitment to help teach disaster preparedness to children and families through the Pillowcase Project initiative.
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, 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.
“This amazing program for children is one that we are very proud to continue to offer in our local schools and after-school programs.” said Red Cross Regional CEO Scott Emerson. “The program gives students in southern Nevada the opportunity to learn about the science behind various hazards and the importance of preparedness in a fun and interactive way.”
Disney Friends for Change – a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities – will also highlight an emergency preparedness interstitial from Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning series “Doc McStuffins.” Airing all month-long on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, the spot features Doc and her friends, Hallie, Lambie, Chilly, and Stuffy, modeling the basics of emergency preparedness to impart simple ways preschoolers and their families can be prepared.
For more information about The Pillowcase Project, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/school/preparedness-education/the-pillowcase-project. In order to schedule a Pillowcase Project Presentation for your school or organization, contact the Red Cross Pillowcase Project Coordinator, Donna Robinson, at (702) 892-0114.