POSTED: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 2:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 3:27pm
(STORMTRACKER33) -- Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed by the NWS to heighten awareness and preparedness as we enter the peak of our severe weather season. The Baton Rouge Red Cross works towards education and preparedness year round though. This is an especially exciting time of year for the Baton Rouge Red Cross. March is Red Cross month, and just in time to kick off Red Cross Month the Baton Rouge office is unveiling it's Master's of Disaster program.
Master's of Disaster is a curriculum of ready made lesson plans that help organizations and schools teach youth about important disaster safety and preparedness information on Hurricanes, Floods, Lightning, Earthquakes, and Tornado's. The curriculum lesson plans meet national and state educational standards and are specifically tailored for grades K through 8. Educators and teachers can choose lesson plans that best fit their programming, such as mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science. The lessons are non-sequential and have enjoyable interactive hands on activities for the students so they have fun while learning these important lessons.
The Baton Rouge Red Cross has selected two public schools, one elementary and one middle school, that they are working with to become Masters of Disaster pilot programs.
Currently they have two volunteer educators who will work with several supporting community groups in training volunteers that will serve as trainers and resource assistants to teacher.
For more information about involving your school in the program, or to volunteer contact Barbara Bourgeois at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Masters of Disasters educators kit can be found here. 
More details about our community’s Red Cross can be found at www.batonrouge.redcross.org.