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The Pillowcase Project – a Disaster Preparedness Program for 2nd-6th Graders

When disasters strike, they often happen without warning.  Whether it’s fire, flood, tornado or other emergency, children are most vulnerable if they don’t know how to react quickly and take the steps necessary to stay safe.

The American Red Cross is offering a free program to help children be prepared, not scared, when disasters happen.  The Pillowcase Project is a disaster preparedness program for 2nd-6th grade students that teaches them:

  • How they and their households can best prevent, prepare for and escape from a home fire
  • What causes natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes
  • How they and their households can prepare for and stay safe when a natural hazard becomes an emergency
  • Practical skills to help cope with and stay calm during emergencies and other stressful situations
  • What tools and practices they and their households can use to be prepared for all types of emergency situations

Students will receive the My Preparedness Workbook and a sturdy pillowcase to hold their own emergency supplies kit.

Educators will receive a Teacher’s Packet with classroom posters, hands-on lesson plans and an Educational Standards Report.

We know you share our goal that all children have the skills and knowledge to stay safe in an emergency. Contact us to schedule a FREE presentation today! Provide your students and their families with this vital emergency preparedness training from the Red Cross.

If you have any questions, please contact us


David Bradley Disaster Program Specialist


About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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