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Red Cross to Conduct Disaster Leadership Training in Central TX

The American Red Cross is conducting a 4-day disaster leadership training in Spicewood, Texas. The “2013 Texas Disaster Leadership Institute” will bring together American Red Cross representatives from across Texas and neighboring states to focus on disaster preparation.

The media are invited to visit the 4-day Institute which takes place April 24 to 27, 2013 at Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center at 5902 Pace Bend Rd. N, Spicewood, TX. Media representatives can schedule visits and interviews with Simone Parker by calling 713-818-5756. Media can also schedule interviews with Cameron Ballantyne at 281-709-5118.

“As we’ve seen recently with the tragedy in West, Texas, disaster can strike at any time without notice. Training and preparation for these disasters is vital and can save lives,” said State Farm Claims Manager Juan F. Parilo. “State Farm is proud to support the Red Cross Leadership Institute, and all of the work they do for our communities.”

“We are fortunate to have such loyal and supportive partners such as State Farm. As a result, we are able to hold vital training sessions and conduct drills such as this disaster institute for specialized and advanced Red Cross workers,” said Steve Vetrano, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Gulf Coast Region.

American Red Cross leaders from across Texas will attend the training. State Farm Claims Manager Juan F. Parilo will be the guest speaker at the Texas Disaster Leadership Institute dinner reception on Friday, April 26th at 6pm.

More about the Texas Disaster Leadership Institute: This statewide, multi-day institute involves leadership development including intermediate and advanced level training to develop supervisors and managers across the state of Texas. It includes four days of training classes and workshops with special emphasis on leadership during a disaster, shelter management, successful delivery of disaster services and meeting the on-going needs of disaster-affected communities. Our primary goal is to continue to build on our strengths in Red Cross disaster leadership capacity and community preparedness throughout Texas.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly 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 or join our blog at

About State Farm®:

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 66,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada