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Metro New York Red Crossers Fine-Tune Readiness Skills

Metro New York Red Crossers Fine-Tune Readiness Skills

Photo: American Red Cross/Ally Munro

The planning, interaction and teamwork was exceptional.

Nearly 30 American Red Cross workers from the Metro New York North chapter participated in a “What If” mass evacuation tabletop drill, held at the White Plains chapter Aug. 21.

The drill simulated all aspects of a Red Cross response following an earthquake centered in Westchester. During the four hour exercise, Red Crossers were provided with scenarios that required them to deal with shelter staffing, health services, logistics, special needs shelter residents, and more.

A Red Cross team of evaluators was on hand to provide insight; at the end of the drill it gave attendees an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Also on site to observe were Red Cross emergency partners from Yonkers OEM, with whom the Red Cross has worked closely with over the years.

“The Metro New York North team walked away with a better sense of what a catastrophic event might look like from the perspective of an operations center,” Mary Young, Metro New York North CEO, said. “The planning, interaction and teamwork was exceptional.”

About the American Red Cross:

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/metronyn or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMetroN.