Today, was only a drill... but tomorrow it could be the real thing.
The Red Cross is always ready to open shelters when there is a need. Needs can range from apartment fires to natural disasters.
Just imagine going to a shelter because you can't live in your home. Now imagine going to a place out of your normal comfort zone- and having special needs. Maybe you're in a wheelchair or can't survive without oxygen. Maybe the need is for an interpreter because you're hearing impaired or don't speak English as a first language. Today, the Red Cross Heart of Carolina Region considered all of those things and staged a practice. They partnered with Emergency Management officials from several counties, DSS, Public Health, the Shabazz Center, Senior Resources and CSDHH because in the event of a disaster, they all join forces.
In the end, everyone went away with a little more experience. The Red Cross looked at what could be improved upon in the event of a real emergency. They asked people with different disbabilities what needs they might run into and what things they can't live without.
Hopefully the need will never arise- but if it does, we're "Red Cross Ready".