The Pillowcase Project at Bel-Aire Elementary
This morning, two representatives from the American Red Cross gave students at Bel-Aire Elementary a lesson in emergency preparedness by using pillow cases.
The American Red Cross developed the Pillowcase Project to teach students how to be prepared in case of an emergency and the program includes filling a pillowcase with everything you might need during a stressful situation.
Students learned what to do and how they should react during tornadoes, hurricanes, and fires.
The pillowcases also have a list of items, like a flashlight, radio, and water, printed on them so kids can know what to put inside that might be helpful in an emergency. Bel-Aire Elementary Social Worker Carrie Miller said, “Living here on the Coast, it is a real issue that we have to deal with, especially with hurricanes. We just want them to be prepared and not have anxiety when storms and things do come our way. Most of them do not remember Hurricane Katrina, but this is a program that actually stems from that.”
The Pillowcase Project was created after a Red Cross executive learned that Loyola University students carried their valuables in pillowcases when they were evacuated during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.