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American Red Cross to Host a Community Shelter Training Exercise

“It is great to know that at the culmination of this event, there will be more citizens in our community who are trained and ready to respond during a time of disaster.”

The American Red Cross Southeast Missouri Chapter along with the Butler County Emergency Management Agency and AmeriCorps, Poplar Bluffs Promise, will be hosting shelter training at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff from Friday evening, September 11 through Saturday morning, on September 12.

“In an effort to build a more resilient and more prepared Missouri, we are excited to have this training in our community,” stated Jeff Shawan, Community Volunteer Leader for the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross. “It is great to know that at the culmination of this event, there will be more citizens in our community who are trained and ready to respond during a time of disaster.”

Each person who attends the training and successfully completes the class, will be American Red Cross Shelter Certified. The training will include classroom style learning as well as shelter simulations and tangible set up and break down exercises of shelter execution.

Following the completion of the shelter training on Saturday, September 12, the Emergency Management Agency and partners will host an inspirational ceremony not only to honor the fallen heroes from the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but also to recognize the actions of Americans who came together on September 12, 2001.

“We wanted to not only give pause to commemorate the tragedy of 9-11, but also recognize how people from every walk of life came together in the days after the attacks to help each other,” said Robbie Myers, Butler County Emergency Management Director. “We really wanted to focus on the spirit of service and resiliency of us as a nation and a community.”

Both the training and the ceremony are open to the public. To participate in the training, please register by September 9, 2015. Please contact the Red Cross office or the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, 573.686.8686 for the registration information.

HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and the vast majority are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.