Red Cross offers emergency prep program

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The American Red Cross is starting a new educational program for third- through fifth-grade students in southwest Missouri.

The program introduces students to the Red Cross and its mission and details the importance of fire prevention, fire preparedness and escaping a home fire.

"The pillowcase project originated with college students in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina," said Julie Stotling, American Red Cross representative. "Dorm students only had their pillowcases to carry their personal items during the evacuation."

The program teaches students how to stay safe during a natural disaster and offers tips to cope with emergencies and stressful situations.

Each student will receive their own Red Cross Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book and a sturdy pillowcase for their own personalized emergency supply kits.

The project is co-sponsored by Disney, which is part of a group of leading companies that are members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program.

The class meets common core standards for math, language arts and next generation science. Schools must request for the Red Cross to come give the program.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, people may call Teresa Layton at 417-208-7280.

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