Red Cross Offers Virtual Emergency Preparedness Education for Kids and Adults

  • Adults: Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes
    • Virtual sessions are offered Tuesdays at 1:00 PM and Thursdays at 4:00 PM
    • In partnership with New York State, the Red Cross is providing free this emergency preparedness training. The training gives a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how to respond to and recover from them. The training also provides information on types of common disasters, ways to prepare as an individual, family and community member, what to do when disaster strikes and what actions you can take afterwards to aid in your recovery. The presentation, of course, will touch on COVID-19 safety and preparedness, but the theme of the conversation will be much broader than the virus. It will draw our attention to many of the different hazards we could be confronted with and the different ways we can better prepare and stay safe in the face of these often unexpected emergencies. Virtual classes are offered via WebEx weekly.
  • Kids: The Pillowcase Project
    • Virtual classes are offered every Wednesday at 4:00 PM
    • The Pillowcase Project is an interactive preparedness education program, typically taught in a classroom setting, for children in grades 3 through 5 that teaches children how to prepare for emergencies, practice what they have learned, and share their knowledge with family and friends. The idea is that when an emergency occurs, everyone in the child’s family knows what to do and how to help each other stay safe. As part of this age-appropriate lesson the kids will also learn skills to help them cope with the emotional brought on by these different emergencies. The Pillowcase Project virtual classes are offered via Webex weekly.

As we all adjust to the new normal that COVID-19 brought on and all the different ways it impacts the lives of our families and our communities, emergency preparedness takes on a certain significance that so many of us could not have imagined. We want to draw on this heightened awareness of these life-or-death issues to offer you and your constituents the opportunity to take part in an upcoming emergency preparedness and readiness WebEx presentations.

The presentation will touch on COVID-19 safety and preparedness. It will also give a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how to respond to and recover from them.

The training also provides information on types of common disasters, ways to prepare as an individual, family and community member, what to do when disaster strikes and what actions you can take afterwards to aid in your recovery. Each training session lasts 45-90 minutes.

We hope as many of you as possible will join us online to build on what we have already learned over these past few unprecedented weeks.

Please note, the capacity of each session is limited to 500 participants and we expect the spots to go quick; therefore, please remember to register as soon as you can and add the event to your calendar.