On Monday 23 March, Year 3 and 4 Students from Mundaring Christian College took part in an emergency preparation program as a part of the Australian Red Cross Pillowcase Project.
Led by Claire Silveira of the Australian Red Cross, the students learned about different types of emergencies, how they can be prepared for an emergency, and how to cope with the stress of an emergency situation.
A key activity included preparing a pillowcase of items that may be used in the emergency. Students were encouraged to think critically about what items would be important to pack quickly in an emergency situation, such as a water bottle and a torch, and drew these on a Pillowcase they were ach provided by the Australian Red Cross.
Students also learned about the role the community plays in an emergency. One element included being aware that emergencies – such as bushfires - can approach with little warning, and so the role of neighbours and other people in the area who can provide assistance is crucial.
Mundaring Christian College Principal Rod McNeill welcomed the involvement of the Australian Red Cross in educating the students in emergency preparation.
“This is an extremely relevant topic for the hills community, especially given the bushfire events in the summer before last,” said Mr. McNeill.
“We are extremely glad for our students to be involved in this practical training initiative.”
“As our school grows with the opening of our new Secondary Campus in 2016, we look forward to continuing to partner with organisations to provide innovative programs for our students and the local community”.
Students each took home a booklet and their emergency pillowcase, and parents were encouraged to work through the booklet with students and develop an emergency plan for their household.