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Red Cross Participating in Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter
This will help our volunteers learn and practice their shelter operation skills.

Colorado Springs, CO – Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 – The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and Colorado Springs Fire and Police Departments will conduct a wildland fire evacuation drill for residents of the Pulpit Rock Neighborhood (from Woodmen Rd south to Austin Bluffs Pkwy, and from Nevada Ave. extending east to Academy Blvd/Union Blvd) Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Note: UCCS will not be part of this exercise.

In support of this exercise volunteers from the American Red Cross will open a demonstration evacuation shelter at Russell Middle School Gym, 3825 Montebello Dr. West, Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

“This will be an opportunity for our mass care volunteers to learn new skills and practice interacting with evacuees,” said Richard Garcia, Lead Volunteer for Mass Care Services. “Our new volunteers will be mentored by more experienced volunteers so that when a real emergency happens we will be ready to support the community.”

What: Red Cross Demonstration of Evacuation Shelter
When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Russell Middle School Gym, 3825 Montebello Dr. West, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Visuals: Red Cross volunteers interacting with Pulpit Rock neighborhood mock evacuees

The Red Cross relies on the strength of its volunteers to provide disaster response and is always looking to recruit new members. Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer can go online to www.redcross.org/colorado and click on the Volunteer link.