Malliotakis, Red Cross Host Children’s Fire Prevention Program For Kids

Denise Bloise (left) of the Red Cross joins Assemblywoman Malliotakis to teach students how to dial 911 during an emergency.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-East Shore) joined the American Red Cross today at the South Beach Houses to offer a fire prevention and preparedness program to the children of the United Activities Unlimited (UAU) program. The event was an interactive learning experience for the children to teach them about the dangers of household fires and the importance of developing a family plan for evacuation.

The “Pillowcase Project,” as the initiative is called, is a preparedness education program that teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards and basic coping skills. Red Cross volunteers gave the students a 60-minute presentation leading them through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students received a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit.

Malliotakis decided to host the program for children after a horrific fire caused by a malfunctioning hot plate took the lives of seven brothers and sisters in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

“We’ve heard of tragic fires all too often, and it’s frightening to realize just how much damage, and how quickly the damage can be done,” said Malliotakis. “I’m proud to partner with the American Red Cross to bring this important and innovative program to children. Every child should know what to do in the event of a fire, and I hope all families will develop a plan for emergency situations.”

Approximately 75 students participated in the program.