Gidgegannup PS students put together emergency pillowcase kits for bushfire season


Gidgegannup Primary students Patrick Atwood, Khaled Howlett, Keila Mayger and Molly Beagley with bushfire crew David Cole, Andrew Watt and Shane Atwood from East Gidgegannup bush fire brigade. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Gidgegannup Primary students Patrick Atwood, Khaled Howlett, Keila Mayger and Molly Beagley with bushfire crew David Cole, Andrew Watt and Shane Atwood from East Gidgegannup bush fire brigade. Picture: Bruce Hunt

GIDGEGANNUP Primary School students are better prepared for the coming bushfire season after putting together their own personal emergency pillowcase kits for home.

Teacher Sian Kelly said The Pillowcase Project was important with Gidgegannup rated as one of the top five bushfire-prone areas.

“The students will be putting pyjamas, toiletries, a teddy, change of clothes, medicine, batteries, a game, pencils and colouring book, snack, water bottle, blanket and a first aid kit into their pillowcase,” she said.

“Each item was drawn on the front of the pillowcase with fabric markers so they can remember what to pack if they need to evacuate quickly in an emergency.

“The program is important as children are vulnerable in times of an emergency and this teaches them how to be prepared and ready to handle a difficult and stressful time calmly.

“We have bushfires each year in Gidgegannup and many of the students have been evacuated from their homes during bushfire threats.”

The Office of Emergency Management provided a National Disaster Resilience Program grant to Red Cross to fund a Whole of Community Emergency Preparedness Program in parts of the City of Swan.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said the project would help make the community more resilient.

“Emergencies are confronting situations, and the better we can prepare for them, the easier it is for us to cope, recover and move forward when they happen,” he said.

“With the help of volunteers, Red Cross are running sessions in high risk areas in the City to educate community members about how to respond to emergency situations.”

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