Red Cross Prepares for Disaster

The Bryan/College Station Red Cross Chapter conducted its inaugural disaster drill. 21 June 2014
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BRYAN - It's hurricane and tornado season. When the inevitable happens, the American Red Cross is there to help.

The Bryan/College Station Chapter of the Red Cross trained volunteers to take a proactive approach to disasters today and prepare for the worst.

"If ever a disaster should arise we want to be prepared to help people, to get them shelter, to get them food, we just want to be ready for whatever happens," said Public Affairs Volunteer Dana Branham.

"We're getting all the equipment out, we're looking at it, we're making sure that things are working the way they're supposed to."

And it's all hands on deck.

"We're working with some ARES volunteers and they are local HAM radio operators and we're testing our disaster communications technology," Branham said.

Members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service helped the Red cross coordinate the drill across several locations.

Allen Butcher is a Mass Care Generalist, which means he's in charge of coordinating all the care at the shelters. He's responded to 42 disasters in his time.

"I've been with the Red Cross, I just finished my tenth year," Butcher said.

"Every disaster is different, so you have to readjust, be able to readjust whatever the situation calls for."

After this extensive training, Brazos Valley Red Cross Volunteers feel prepared for just about anything.

This was the first disaster drill for volunteers, and organizers say it was so successful...they plan to make it an annual event.