The American Red Cross Wayne Pike Chapter Disaster Education Team met with fifth graders at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School, May 29th, to talk about preparing for emergencies.

Two workshops were held, covering how to develop a family emergency preparedness plan. Critical information was presented on how to prevent and respond to emergency situations, especially those who may be home alone. Workshop stations included hands-on training on topics such as first aid and pet first aid, home fires, flooding, tornadoes, lightning and thunderstorms.

Joann Hudak, the Assistant Superintendent of Wallenpaupack Area School District, stated, "The recent tragedy in Oklahoma exemplifies the need for all members of our community, including students, to receive training in emergency preparedness. Our hope is that these workshops will encourage the students to work with their parents to develop a family emergency preparedness plan."

These workshops were funded from a grant from United Way of Pike County/Shell Oil Corporation and Paupack Sailing Club.

Jim Rienhardt, the Executive Director of the Red Cross Wayne Pike Chapter, stated, "Our Red Cross Home Alone Emergency Preparedness Program provides students with knowledge, skills and confidence, so they are better prepared to respond to any unanticipated emergency–especially when they are home alone. We thank each of our funding partners who make this program possible."

The Wayne Pike Chapter of the American Red Cross is located at the Hawley Silk Mill, second floor. For additional information on Disaster Education programs, please contact the American Red Cross at (570)476-3896, or visit