By Kaylee Lindenmuth
RINGTOWN - Roughly 20 Ringtown area children came out to a program Wednesday held by the Ringtown Area Library and American Red Cross regarding disaster preparedness and the Red Cross' "Pillowcase Project."
Red Cross volunteer John Small led the presentation, held at the nearby Ringtown Valley Senior Citizens building, informing children on what to do to remain safe in case of a house fire, or a thunderstorm.
Also presented was the "Pillowcase Project." According to the Red Cross website, "using three steps - Learn, Practice and Share - children in grades 3 through 5 (ages 8 to 11) learn how to stay safe in an emergency and are empowered to take action by practicing preparedness."
"They’re encouraged to share what they’ve learned with family and friends, knowing that their information can help create a better-prepared community," the website continues.
Children were given pillowcases which had different preparedness items printed on the design which the Red Cross suggests be contained in the preparedness kit, including a change of clothes, batteries, a first aid kit, water, and a flashlight.
They were also given a preparedness booklet and a magic marker, to personalize their pillowcase.