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American Red Cross holds Disaster Preparedness campaign

In observance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina the Southern Tier American Red Cross is helping local kids prepare for disasters.

On Saturday the organization hosted a preparedness education campaign for children called The Pillowcase Project. The project teaches kids how to prepare, what to look out for, and coping skills during disasters. Students also colored on pillowcases, things that make them feel safe. These pillowcases can then be used for emergency supply kits.

"Disasters can happen anywhere," said Disaster Program Manager Jill Deskins. "It just depends on where you live on what time of emergency it possibly is; here, we seem to have floods and winter storms. This will help them prepare for that. Even though it started out during Hurricane Katrina, it's something that can be utilized all across the country."

National Preparedness Month starts September 1st and the Red Cross says that as part of their home fire campaign, they will do home inspections and give away free fire detectors. For more information you can visit www.redcross.org.