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American Red Cross and local emergency services prepare for natural disasters

The training included a simulated shelter exercise
Posted: 10:54 PM, Jan 31, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-01 02:17:55-05

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — The American Red Cross and Sarpy County Emergency Management conducted a two-day, full-scale shelter exercise at Calvary Christian Church that began Friday. The training includes volunteers and local partners as they learn how to run a shelter in case of a natural disaster like more flooding.

"As you know last year we had record-breaking flooding and in preparation for what could be an interesting spring, we decided to go ahead and conduct a full-scale shelter exercise to prepare our volunteers," mass care coordinator for the Omaha/Council Bluffs area Red Cross Michael Clark said.

Some volunteers role played as people seeking shelter. Some were injured, others had service animals. Other volunteers trained on what questions to ask people that are seeking shelter, how to set up an emergency shelter area and how to help the wounded.

The Omaha metro area has 30-35 designated shelter areas for emergencies. To find the nearest emergency shelter near you, visit redcross.org or get the Red Cross app.