With some assistance from the American Red Cross, students in the Sandy Creek Central School District recently learned the value in practicing emergency preparedness.
Elementary school students recently participated in the Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program that teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards and coping skills.
The program, which is sponsored by Disney, began with a brief presentation by American Red Cross volunteers Ellyn Gloshinski and Rachel Bowers.
During the presentation, both volunteers explained proper protocol to follow in the case of an emergency, including fires and floods.
“It is always important to have at least two escape routes in your house,” Bowers said.
After the presentation, students were given a test on emergency preparedness and received a workbook to take home and share with their parents.
Pillowcases were also given to each student to be used as an emergency supply kit.
Suggested items for the student to place in the pillowcase included a flashlight, batteries, non-perishable foods and a first aid kit.