BURGETTSTOWN — The American Red Cross, in partnership with 46th District Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-South Fayette, held an educational and entertaining program on disaster preparedness at the Greater Burgettstown Area Senior Center Monday.
“Disaster” bingo combined the favorite game with education on preparing for potential emergencies.
Tina Hammett, American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania disaster program specialist, said this was just one of several programs to increase disaster awareness.
The programs also includes “Mickey and Friends” for children in kindergarten through second grade and the “Pillowcase Project” for children in third through fifth grades.
“Pillowcase Project helps teach the kids coping skills,” Hammett said.
Volunteer Becky Veltre explained that the Red Cross encourages seniors to have a bag packed with items that would be helpful in an emergency, such as blankets, changes of clothes, water and flashlights, and keep it in the same place.
“That way, if someone comes to the door and says ‘we’re asking everyone to evacuate,’ all they need to do is pack their medication and go,” she said. “They’re not scrambling, looking for the things they need.”
Hammett noted the organization is currently installing 10-year smoke detectors throughout Washington and Greene counties. Red Cross volunteers will install the devices and offer education on fire safety at no cost.
Those interested in the smoke alarm program, volunteering or making a donation to the program can call Hammett at (724) 350-1827.