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Texas Red Cross Hosts Training to Build Local Disaster Response

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It’s an opportunity to build capacity among our local Red Cross volunteers and staff, while learning from past responses and reflecting on how far this community has come.

When a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the close-knit community of West, Texas two years ago, the American Red Cross was in the affected area within two hours to provide emergency relief.

In addition to providing immediate needs like shelter, food, clothing and replacement medications for impacted families, the Red Cross has provided long-term recovery support, including teaming with local organizations to provide crisis counseling and property clean-up.

On the two year anniversary of the explosion, the Red Cross is continuing to focus on the next step in the recovery process: preparedness. The organization is hosting the Texas Disaster Leadership Institute for its local and Texas-based workers to build response capacity for future emergencies.

“We are proud to host the Texas Disaster Leadership Institute near West this year. The attendees are a mix of experienced disaster responders—many of whom responded to the West explosion—and new volunteers who are building their leadership skills,” said Joshua Jackson, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross, Central and South Texas Region. “It’s an opportunity to build capacity among our local Red Cross volunteers and staff, while learning from past responses and reflecting on how far this community has come.”

The Texas Disaster Leadership institute will take place from Wednesday, April 15 – Saturday, April 18.

Friday, April 17 marks the two year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.