Red Cross chapters statewide, including the Smith County chapter, on Saturday will practice the skills needed to aid a community after a disaster.
Hundreds of disaster volunteers statewide will set up shelters and put their training into action during an exercise.
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 Tammy Prater, executive director, in the written release. “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 Tyler area, the Red Cross has partnered with Shiloh Road Church of Christ. Volunteers will report to Shiloh Road Church of Christ at 2 p.m. and the drill will end at 4:30 p.m.
“Without question, this drill will help the Red Cross be better prepared for future disasters”, Mrs. Prater said. “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 also will be activated during this exercise, utilizing Facebook to practice getting and giving emergency information during a disaster.
For more information, go to www.redcross.org/easttexas .