WINDBER, Pa. – The American Red Cross is committed to its lifesaving mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster somewhere in the United States, and preparedness is vital to these response efforts. Here in Cambria and Somerset counties, volunteers and staff make efforts everyday to prepare for the possibility of a large-scale disaster.
Last week, in an effort to further increase area preparedness and response capacity, a new shelter trailer was placed at the Windber Borough/Paint Twp. Emergency Management office. This trailer is stocked with cots, blankets, pillows and comfort kits for 100 people and is used to equip a Red Cross shelter in times of disaster.
In conjunction with county and local emergency management officials, the Red Cross is working to enhance overall response capabilities; the placement of this trailer is a vital component of that effort. Placing the equipment in Windber enables support for shelter operations in northern Somerset and southern Cambria counties.
The Red Cross is dedicated not only to responding to disasters quickly, but to preparing for them year-round. This preparedness work allows the organization to increase its emergency response capacity, so it can meet the immediate needs of disaster victims quickly and efficiently.
“We engage in preparedness efforts and activities throughout the year,” said Colleen Sherman, executive director of the local Red Cross. “This commitment to readiness enables us to play a vital role in assisting our neighbors in need during times of disaster.”
For more information on the local Red Cross and its preparedness and response efforts, please contact the local Red Cross at 814-262-3170.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania serves more than 3.6 million people in 25 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of approximately 1,000 disasters each year, facilitates vital emergency communications between military members of their loved ones here at home, and trains nearly 118,000 individuals in vital lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, nor does it receive funding from its national headquarters except during times of large-scale disasters. It is only through the generosity of the people of Western Pennsylvania that the local Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at RedCrossWPA.wordpress.com.