ABILENE TEXAS, June 5, 2014 – 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 the North Central Texas 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.
“If the unthinkable happens, families will need a safe shelter and food before anything else,” said Katrina Farmer, Executive Director “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 Abilene area, the Red Cross has partnered with G.V. Daniels Rec Center to get the best results from the exercise. Volunteers will report to Rec Center located at 541 N. 8th St, Abilene at 11:00 a.m. storm victims will arrive at the shelter around 1:00 p.m. and the drill will end at 3:00 p.m.
“Without question, this drill will help the Red Cross be better prepared for future disasters,” said Farmer. "The more we train through exercises like this one, the more we can help our neighbors when they truly need us.”
To become a trained Red Cross volunteer, call Valerie Hrseko at 325-677-2622 ext 2668.
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.