Pillowcase Project Teaching Children to Prepare for Emergencies

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has always been committed to preparing students to be ready for emergencies—big or small. And now, thanks to a grant from The Walt Disney Company, the Red Cross is taking The Disney Pillowcase Project to children throughout the Los Angeles area, with goals of teaching children coping skills to help them deal with an emergency and providing them the tips and tools necessary to be prepared.

Learn, Practice and Share

Using three steps – Learn, Practice and Share – children in grades 3 through 5 (ages 8 to 11) learn how to stay safe in an emergency and are empowered to take action by making a commitment to practice their emergency preparedness plan. Then, they are encouraged to share what they’ve learned at home, with friends and family, to help create a better-prepared community

All children participating in the project receive a preparedness toolkit, which includes a ‘My Preparedness Workbook’ and a personalized pillowcase with suggested items to include in case of emergency. Participants also receive a pledge certificate.

The Disney Pillowcase Project is taught by trained Red Cross volunteers in 40 or 60-minute sessions in school classrooms, at after-school programs, at summer camps, religious meetings, community centers and more.


If you would like to request The Disney Pillowcase Project for your 3rd-5th graders, please fill out the Presentation Request Form. If you have additional questions, please contact Guillermo Sanchez, Preparedness Manager at (562) 490-4016 or Guillermo.Sanchez@redcross.org.

Disney Mickey and Friends Preparedness Activity Book

The Red Cross and Disney Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book teaches youth how to be prepared and stay safe during disasters. Using interactive games and activities, children and their families learn how to be better prepared for the unexpected in a safe and stress free environment.



Disney National Preparedness Month Friends for Change

Want to learn more information about being prepared? Check out our Pillowcase Project PSA, sponsored by Disney, and learn more about what to put in a kit, and how to help keep you and your family safe during a disaster!

Action Kit

Disney Action Kit and learn what to put inside of your emergency preparedness kit or pillowcase, how to make a family plan, and additional steps to stay safe during an emergency.