On Saturday, August 6th, the American Red Cross Serving the Texas Hill Country hosted a Shelter Fundamentals training and exercise, in partnership with the Kerr County Sherriff's Office and Hill Country Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
Participants gathered at Kerrville Bible Church to learn guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster. Referencing shelter checklists, the trainees practiced four of the six phases of the Sheltering Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing.
Following the training, the new shelter workers put their skills into action during a simulation exercise. They worked in teams to rotate through stations, practicing their skills in dormitory management, registration, information and feeding. This “hands-on” approach to Shelter Fundamentals allows Red Cross workers to build valuable partnerships with our follow disaster responce agencies, and to be better prepared for future disaster events.
If you would like to become a Red Cross volunteer and help your neighbors in their time of need, apply now!