Lassie saves the day on national dog day

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NEW ORLEANS(WGNO) -- Today on National Dog Day, Lassie teamed up with Save The Children, to help teach children the importance of preparing for emergencies. News With a Twist Reporter, Meghan Kluth, attended the pep rally.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of hurricane Katrina, Save the Children returned to New Orleans to educate the youngest generation, how to be prepared and safe in a  fun way. Save The Children has served 1 million children affected in disaster in the United States since Katrina.

Spokeswoman for the organization, Tanya Weinberg, said "children are always the most vulnerable when disaster strikes, but with the right support they can bounce back and preparedness is really central to those resiliency building efforts."

Lassie was there to help bring light to a subject that is scary and make it palatable for the children. Save The Children distributed disaster supply backpacks, which included child friendly items, parents were encouraged to fill out emergency contact cards for their kids, and the children participated in a disaster supplies race where Lassie ran along side of them helping them pick out the items they would need in case of evacuation.

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