Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and New Jersey Crossroads Community Chapter Executive Christy Hodde visited Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey on April 1st to talk to students about emergency preparedness.
Ms. Cabello’s third grade and Ms. Dillon’s fourth grade classes learned how they can help prepare themselves and their families for emergencies by having a family disaster plan and an emergency kit.
To help get students started in building their own emergency kit, Assemblywoman Quijano handed out flashing emergency lights, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The students enjoyed testing out their new emergency lights.
Assemblywoman Quijano is committed to educating the community about disaster preparedness. Last September, the Red Cross recognized Quijano for her dedication to helping the people of New Jersey prepare for disasters. Assemblywoman Quijano serves as Chairwoman for the NJ Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness and takes an active role in arranging Red Cross preparedness presentations in the community.
Christy Hodde distributed Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Books containing information that teaches children and their families how to prepare for and respond to a wide range of disasters and emergencies through puzzles, interactive games and activities. Christy Hodde tested the students’ knowledge of the Red Cross and emergency preparedness with quick-fire questions. Students enthusiastically raised their hands to prove how much they knew about emergency preparedness.
The Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book was developed through a joint imitative with Disney to help kids and families prepare for disasters and other emergencies.
The children were excited to have the Red Cross and Assemblywoman Quijano visit their school and couldn’t wait to open the Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Books.
“During disasters, children have unique vulnerabilities and often require special attention,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “We are grateful for Disney’s ongoing commitment to the Red Cross, which allows us to develop innovative ways to educate children about the importance of preparedness and care for them during emergencies.”
The Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Books can be viewed by visiting www.redcross.org/prepare.
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