WICHITA FALL, TX – 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 Wichita Falls area, the Red Cross has partnered with Wichita Falls Young Professionals to get the best results from the exercise. The drill will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Red Cross office located at 1809 5th St, Wichita Falls and will end at 3:00 p.m. Members of the media should come to the back parking lot of the facility.
“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.”
Local Red Cross Digital Volunteers will also be activated during this exercise, utilizing facebook.com/redcrosswichitafalls and twitter.com/redcrosswftx to practice getting and giving emergency information during a disaster.
To become a trained Red Cross volunteer, go to redcross.org/wichitafalls.
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.