Red Cross Opens Mock Shelter for Moffat County Exercise

Mock disaster exercise
"Exercises like this serve as a great learning tool for our volunteers." Jody Acres, Area Manager for the Red Cross Northwest Area.

Red Cross volunteers from five Colorado counties joined with Moffatt County Emergency Management to practice disaster response skills on Saturday, Aug. 24. The exercise, designed to test the response to a hazardous material spill, took place in Craig, Colo., and simulated the evacuation of the Shadow Mountain Subdivision.

As part of the simulation, the Red Cross team opened a mock shelter at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig. Volunteers came from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summit and Mesa Counties to make it happen.

"Exercises like this serve as a great learning tool for our volunteers," said Jody Acres, Area Manager for the Red Cross Northwest Area. "We take it pretty seriously and that helps prepare us for the real thing."

To add to the challenge, Horizons for the Handicapped decided to exercise their evacuation plan. They brought the residents from their three live-in houses to the shelter. This gave the Red Cross team a chance to test their ability to accommodate their special needs.