The American Red Cross Prepares for a Disaster

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

With community leaders acting as victims, American Red Cross volunteers are acting out a disaster. The scenario...a tornado has just touched down in mid-Michigan and the Red Cross has opened a shelter to help the public.

John Cauley, Jr., Executive Director of the American Red Cross, says it allows volunteers to practice shelter management, to practice the setup so they can be prepared in the event that a disaster does occur in the community.

While volunteers practiced, at University Lutheran Church on Saturday, they also took time to educate and to explain what to have on hand should a disaster strike. Kids were given a glimpse of what it'd be like for them during a disaster and health specialists talked patients through their injuries. Julie Prioetty, Disaster Health Specialist, says the mock disaster helps them stay on top of things. Barndye Vanderploeg, Vice President of the MSU Red Cross Club, sya you can never be too prepared.

So you can be prepared, Red Cross volunteers suggest making a plan, building a kit, getting triained, giving blood and giving your time by volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering please call the Lansing office at (517) 484-7461 ext. 104.


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