ON THEIR CASE: Pillowcase presenter Valerie Hussain helps students at Clarence Valley Anglican School with decorating their cases to be used in an emergency. Photo: Adam Hourigan
ON THEIR CASE: Pillowcase presenter Valerie Hussain helps students at Clarence Valley Anglican School with decorating their cases to be used in an emergency. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Red Cross teaches Clarence kids pillow case survival

THE Pillow Case Project pilot trials began last week in the Clarence Valley with students from Harwood Island Public School, Clarence Valley Anglican School and Ulmarra Public School getting the chance to learn about emergency preparedness.

What started as an initiative in the hurricane-affected city of New Orleans in the United States was discovered by Red Cross volunteer Kieran McAndrew, who decided to pitch it to the Australian branch of the Red Cross.

"The reason we are doing the Pillow Case Project is because it was an initiative that the Red Cross in America started," Mr McAndrew said. "When I was in America on a study tour we saw that it was a wonderful initiative to teach kids about emergency preparedness to get ready for floods and bushfires and that type of thing.

"So myself with the Australian Red Cross decided to see if we could do a pilot project and some of the schools selected for that project were here in the Valley."

The Pillow Case Project is a way for Red Cross volunteers to get the message of emergency preparedness across to a younger audience. Through use of the everyday pillow case to stock vital items before evacuating, children are able to understand which items of value need to be saved and how to act quickly in emergency situations.

"The Pillow Case Project is an initiative where Red Cross volunteers like myself go round to schools and we teach kids about types of emergencies, the people that can help them in emergency situations, how they can prepare an emergency kit to be prepared, so if an emergency does happen, they've got preparations in place," Mr McAndrew said.

"I think it is worth it to start the conversation."



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