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Hill Country Red Cross to Take Part in Statewide Disaster Drill

Red Cross Kerrville Disaster Drill
An exercise like this strengthens our ability to respond quickly in an emergency by allowing more volunteers to receive hands-on shelter training before a real disaster strikes.

Hurricanes, wildfires, thunderstorms and tornadoes are all common occurrences across the state of Texas. That’s why it’s imperative that the American Red Cross, an organization responsible for providing help and comfort in the face of emergencies, is as prepared as possible in advance of any unexpected event. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Red Cross chapters across the state of Texas, including our Hill Country Chapter will practice the skills they will need to step into action and help our community in the event of a disaster.

Hundreds of disaster volunteers across the state will set up shelters and put their training into action during a disaster exercise. With the guidance of experienced Red Cross shelter workers and instructors, volunteers will work through stations and practice the necessary roles for running a Red Cross shelter, including registration, feeding and dormitory management.

“When the unthinkable happens, families need a safe shelter and food before anything else,” said James Canup, Interim Executive Director of the American Red Cross – Hill Country Chapter. “An exercise like this strengthens our ability to respond quickly in an emergency by allowing more volunteers to receive hands-on shelter training before a real disaster strikes.”

In the Texas Hill Country, the Red Cross has partnered with other community groups and agencies including the Salvation Army to get the best results from the exercise. Volunteers will report to our chapter headquarters at 9:00 a.m. and the drill will end at 3:00 p.m. Drill activities in our chapter will take place at the chapter headquarters and Tivy High School.

“Without question, this drill will help the Red Cross be better prepared for future disasters”, said Terry Faglie, Disaster Services Manager. “The more we train through exercises like this one, the more we can help our neighbors when they truly need us.”

Local Red Cross Digital Volunteers will also be activated during this exercise, utilizing Facebook to practice getting and giving emergency information during a disaster.

To become a trained Red Cross volunteer, go to www.redcross.org/kerrville

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.