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Red Cross Volunteers Educate Community on Emergency Preparedness

TYLER, TX – February 19, 2015 — Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. The American Red Cross, East Texas Chapter, will be hosting a free Family Preparedness Workshop open to the community as part of their East Texas Disaster Institute.

“Having a game plan in place is essential for all households so everyone knows what they should do when an emergency occurs,” said Tammy Prater, East Texas Chapter Executive. The Disaster Institute is a perfect time for East Texas residents to create or update their plan and learn how to keep their family prepared.”


On February 21, 2015 the East Texas Chapter will sponsor a community resiliency and preparedness workshop in Big Sandy, TX to help attendees develop their Family Disaster Plan, receive preparedness tips, get CPR instruction, and receive an emergency preparedness kit. The event will take place at ALERT Academy from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Seating for the event is limited, but you may request your ticket by contacting the East Texas Chapter at 903-581-7981.

The East Texas Disaster Institute is a 3-Day leadership training camp for senior Red Cross volunteers. These volunteers commit their time to serve East Texas communities on a moment’s notice to help lead operation task forces and serve leadership roles in disaster relief operations. This year’s institute will be training these leaders in Disaster Operations Management, Disaster Field Supervision, Disaster Logistics, and Psychological First Aid.

Volunteers make up 96% of the American Red Cross and serve in every area of a Disaster Relief Operation. Volunteers go through a series of training, exercises, and drills to gain leadership abilities in order to serve their communities when they need it most. They serve as Home Fire Disaster Action Captains, Government Liaisons, Shelter Managers and much more. No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to serve you community. All positions are flexible to your schedule. To join the Red Cross volunteer team please visit and find your local Chapter.

Everyone should stay informed about what types of disasters are most likely to occur where they live or where they plan to visit. It is also important to take a First Aid and CPR/AED course—a vital component of disaster preparedness in case emergency help is delayed.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, people can visit or contact the American Red Cross serving East Texas at 903-581-7981.


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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.