Red Cross Practices Emergency Disaster Simulation

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Updated: 3/22/2013 4:00 pm

        March is Red Cross month and those who volunteer at the Red Cross are keeping up to speed with their training.

Today a group of volunteers from the Red Cross in Idaho Falls got to practice their skills at the Stevens-Henager College in Snake River Landing.

Local businesses at Snake River Landing got to practice their disaster relief skills by performing a full-scale shelter simulation at Stevens-Henager College in Idaho Falls.

“Well it’s important because it happens, and the reason I say that, I mean this year we saw the Charlotte fire which is that big fire up in Pocatello, then Christmas Eve we had the Bonneville apartment fire which is part of what the simulation is simulating you know” said Trevor Covington.

Even though this is a simulation, every simulation comes with its problems.

“We’re setting up a shelter in an area that’s busy, that’s part of it, we haven’t used this facility before so that’s going to be another challenge, additionally we’re throwing a lot of curve balls at our volunteers so what you do when someone shows up and they only speak German or Spanish” continued Covington.

The Red Cross feels that the more they practice the better it will be when it really is time to respond to an emergency.

To learn more about volunteering for the Red Cross you can call Trevor Covington at 208-390-0848.

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