GOLDSBORO, NC, June 3, 2013— Thunderstorms, hurricanes, flooding and other disasters are all common occurrences across eastern NC. That’s why it’s imperative that the American Red Cross, an organization responsible for bringing comfort to those affected by disaster, is as prepared as possible in advance of any unexpected event.
The Red Cross of Eastern NC will hold a disaster training exercise in Goldsboro on Thursday, June 6 from 9am-3pm at the Wayne County Chapter at 600 N. George St., Goldsboro, NC 27530. Disaster staff and volunteers across the region will participate in a mock disaster scenario and run-through all of the steps involved in a response.
“We’re a high risk area for hurricanes in eastern NC so we have to prepare ahead of the storms,” said David Garrison, Director of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross. “The time for training is when the sky is blue. This training will help ensure we are ready to respond as we begin the first week of hurricane season.”
The Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross is made up of a network of nine community chapters across 33 counties serving the NC coastal region from I-95 to the Outer Banks all the way to the SC and VA borders. Red Cross workers from all nine chapters will travel to Goldsboro to participate in the disaster exercise.
“The more we train through exercises like this one, the better we can help our communities when they truly need us,” added Garrison.
The public and media are welcome to view the disaster exercise in action (space permitting). For more information about the disaster exercise, please contact David Garrison at 910-515-8174.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross..