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Red Cross volunteers launch disaster drill

Every conversation with the outside world starts and ends with, “This is an exercise,” Bob Roberts told local Red Cross volunteers as he launched a tabletop disaster drill Thursday. Otherwise, people Red Cross workers contacted for support might think they had a real disaster on their hands. Focus of the planning drill was a mock collision involving a tanker truck filled with chlorine at the intersection of U.S. highways 75 and 82. Homes and businesses were evacuated in the area most likely to be affected by the chemical spill, but only on paper. Red Cross workers planned how to fill two roles. First, they supported government emergency services at the command center theoretically set up in Albertson’s parking lot. The second role was to meet the shelter, food, medical and mental health needs of those evacuated. Full Story

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