DALLAS, TEXAS, June 6, 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 Dallas Area and Chisholm Trail chapters, 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. Additionally, digital volunteers will be monitoring conversations in the social space from the Red Cross Digital Operations Center in Dallas, Texas.
Locations will be established at:
-Red Cross Digital Operations Center, 4800 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas (10:00am-1:00pm)
-Haltom Road Baptist Church, 3313 N. Haltom Road (1:00pm-2:30pm)
-Balch Springs Civic Center, 12400 Elam Road (2:00pm-3:30pm)
To follow updates from the drill on social media, follow hashtag #ShelterDrill.
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.