Get in on the Pillowcase Project

Pillow Case ProjectThe American Red Cross and the Walt Disney Company are partnering to deliver disaster preparedness for 3rd to 5th graders with the Pillowcase Project.

The Pillowcase Project teaches children how to create their own emergency supplies kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase—a common household item—for easy transport during an emergency.

The Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter held the Massachusetts debut of the Pillowcase Project on March 7 with a class of nearly 20 children. The class learned how to prepare for emergencies, enhance coping skills and practice what they learned. The children had the opportunity to decorate and personalize pillowcases and were encouraged to share the preparedness skills they learned with their families and their communities.

Does your organization want to get involved? It’s easy! Contact and



Storm’s coming – make a Go Bag

Forecasts tell us a storm is coming, and coastal flooding is very possible. Are you ready to leave your house in the event of a disaster?

Some things you should think about bringing with you:

  • Clothing
  • Medication
  • Glasses
  • Important personal documents
  • Cell phone
  • Charger
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries

VIDEO: What to pack for your shelter stay

Eleanor Nadelle tells you what she brought for her shelter stay at Weymouth High School. She happens to make some excellent points.

Jarrett Barrios talks zombies, go bags with RadioBDC Gang

Jarrett Barrios, CEO for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, talked go bags, blood and with RadioBDC personalities Julie Kramer and Henry Santoro.

Afternoon talent Adam12 even stopped by to talk about his go bag, featured on our new site. Check it out here.

Missed the show? You can download the RadioBDC app or listen to a replay later.

Have you made a go bag yet?

If so, post it!

If not, why not?

The end of the Mayan calendar is getting closer, and wants to know if you’re prepared.

Will we get snowstorms, fires? Hurricanes, zombies? Nobody knows – so your best bet is to be ready for anything.


Toby G creates our FURst go bag for pets!

Celebrity dog about town Toby G stopped by the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts to help spread the word that we all need to be prepared — even if you’re part of the twitterati tagging Bo Obama online.

Human and looking for what’s to be in your go bag? Here’s the emergency bag of CEO Jarrett Barrios, pictured at right with Toby and his bag. An explanation of what’s in Toby’s bag should he have to leave quickly is below, as interpreted by one of his staffers.

Also note: Preparedness isn’t just for cute animals. Opposums need to be prepared too.

Red Cross Ready on Cape Cod

Tracey and Joe Flaherty hosted a “friendraiser” called “Be Red Cross Ready” at their home in Eastham on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Several volunteers and staff spoke to the crowd about the work that they do: Red Cross employee Betsy Boesch talked about her deployment to Colorado to help with wildfire relief; CEO Jarrett Barrios gave a speech about his experience as a Disaster Action Team member on Wednesday nights; and both John Levin and Catharie Nass spoke about being disaster volunteers on the Lower Cape.

Pictured are Tracey Flaherty, a Red Cross Regional Board member, Tiffany Circle member, and National Philanthropic board member with Cape and Islands Executive Hilary Greene.

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