Melania Trump Attends FEMA Briefing On Hurricane Preparedness

Melania Trump attended a briefing on youth hurricane preparedness Wednesday as part of her Be Best initiative. Meeting with American Red Cross members and FEMA administrators, she heard about updates to the Pillowcase Project for children, and other programs that help teach children safety measures and preparedness in advance of hurricane season.

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A White House official document says that Melania met with FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor and Red Cross at Federal Emergency Management headquarters in D.C., where she was briefed on programs for school-aged children, including a lifesaving skills card game, a program for teenage volunteers, and the Pillowcase Project.

Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence participated in the Pillowcase Project through the Red Cross last year, joining the Red Cross at Lambs Elementary School, in North Charleston, South Carolina. Children decorated pillowcases to prepare an emergency supply kit, in which they’re encouraged to place a change of clothes, a flashlight and extra batteries, toiletries, water, and other items that would be handy in an emergency.

Melania’s First Lady Twitter account shared video and photos from the event.

Wednesday’s briefing followed Melania’s participation in a previous briefing last week, along with Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. At that briefing, FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spoke of the expected forecast for the upcoming hurricane season. This year, the pandemic raises new concerns for those who might travel for safety, and for emergency shelters, which may struggle with sufficient space for social distancing, while still offering shelter to all in need.

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