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Red Cross Community Shelter Team Kicks Off in Greene County

Red Cross disaster responding giving a bottle of water to a little boy
Involving local citizens in disaster response efforts creates a self-sufficient community.

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Residents from across Greene County are uniting to make their community a safer place. Working with the local American Red Cross, a team of individuals are forming a Red Cross Community Evacuation Center Team – a concept intended to provide quick response efforts during times of disaster.

After hosting their first meeting earlier this month, the Greene County shelter team – which includes representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Community Action Southwest, Cornerstone Care, County of Greene, Greene County United Way, Salvation Army, Southwest Regional Medical Center, Waynesburg Borough and Waynesburg University – will hold a volunteer shelter team training on Thursday, Feb. 28 from noon until 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Readiness Center, located at 500 EverGreene Drive in Waynesburg.

Going forward, these Red Cross-trained volunteers will serve as an efficient, fast-responding team that will open and operate shelters within the community during times of disaster. The team will play a vital role in Red Cross shelter operations in Greene County, serving their neighbors in times of need.

“Involving local citizens in disaster response efforts creates a self-sufficient community,” said Victor Roosen, Emergency Services Director for the local American Red Cross. “The ability to have residents within a community trained to set up a Red Cross shelter in the event of an emergency helps with overall response time, which is vital to help those in need.”

Area residents are encouraged and invited to join in this training and should contact 724-852-1009 to sign up. For more information on Red Cross Community Evacuation Center Teams, call 888-217-9199.