The American Red Cross of Calhoun & Branch Counties conducted a response exercise on June 11, which was facilitated by Calhoun County and City of Battle Creek Emergency Management. Representatives from several agencies attended including the American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, HandsOn Battle Creek/2-1-1, The Coordinating Council, and Family and Children Services.
While the exercise focused on the immediate response activities of the Red Cross, it was part of the efforts of the Response Consortium: a group of government and human services agencies that meet regularly to strengthen the emergency preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of the greater Battle Creek community.
“The Red Cross is always working to be prepared for emergencies and this drill was a great learning experience for all involved,” said Katy Lagoni, Branch Manager for the Red Cross of Calhoun and Branch Counties. “Getting all of these organizations and government agencies together regularly allows us to strengthen our relationships and see exactly how we can meet the needs of the community together during a disaster.”
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.