American Red Cross to Host Disaster Drill Saturday

- Fires are just one of many natural disasters that can strike in an instant. That's why the American Red Cross is hosting a statewide disaster drill to get its volunteers trained and ready to respond.

The drill will be Saturday and will simulate a tornado. Volunteers will learn how to quickly set up a shelter for storm victims. And the Red Cross will utilize actors to create a more real situation.

"So there may be someone who comes into the shelter who refuses to leave their pet behind.  Or there may be someone that comes into the shelter that's intoxicated.  And how are our volunteers going to deal with that and provide services and make every body in the shelter have as positive of an experience as possible," says Katrina Farmer, executive director of the American Red Cross.

The drill is Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the local Red Cross office, and coordinators say this drill will allow volunteers to quickly and smoothly set up a shelter for the next big disaster in this area.

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