Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Disaster Response

As we celebrate, thank and honor our volunteers during National Volunteer Week, we’re introducing you to real Red Cross volunteers who are talking about why they do what they do.

Today, meet Mark Livingston. Although Mark works full-time in emergency management, he also finds time to volunteer for the Red Cross in emergency preparedness, specifically for the Red Cross Pillowcase Project.

Why does he give his time? It comes down to a pretty simple, well-known truism: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Or, in Red Cross parlance: An hour of preparedness is worth countless hours of response and recovery.

Watch his video:

The Pillowcase Project  is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit.

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