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This Saturday, June 7, an outbreak of mock tornados will sweep across North Texas as part of a Red Cross mass-care disaster drill in sheltering and preparedness. Volunteer actors are needed in Paris to play the role of storm victims seeking shelter.
“Powerful thunderstorms, tornados and even wildfires are all a common occurrence across North Texas during summer,” said John Davis, Executive Director of Red Cross in Lamar County. “That’s why it’s imperative that Lamar County is prepared as possible in advance of such unpredictable events.”
Red Cross chapters across North Texas, including Lamar County, will practice the skills needed to step into action quickly, and help our community in the event of a disaster. The local chapter will activate a shelter at First United Methodist Church, located at 322 Lamar Avenue in Paris, Texas. With the guidance of experienced Red Cross shelter workers and instructors, disaster volunteers will work through scenarios, and practice the necessary roles for running a Red Cross shelter such as storm victim registration, feeding and dormitory management.
“Right now, we have the disaster trainees and logistics in place to carry out the drill. We just need shelter actors,” said Davis. “Including actual storm victim actors into the drill brings a real-world element of reality and surprise to the experience for the disaster workers in training. We hope the community will come out for an hour or so this Saturday to help create a more lifelike experience for the drill.”
Those interested in participating as actors should reach out to Lori Brookins by phone at 903-217-4190, email her at Lori.firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chapter at 903-737-4390. Families are encouraged to participate, and each actor will be given a role and scenario to play as a storm victim.
Actors are asked to gather at First United Methodist Church Youth Building, located at 322 Lamar Avenue, Paris, Texas 75460, this Saturday, June 7th at 2:30 pm. The relief shelter will open at 3:00 pm and close by 4:30 pm.
“Without question, this drill will help the Red Cross and Lamar County to be better prepared for future disasters”, said Davis. “The more we train through exercises like this one, the more we can help our neighbors when they truly need us.”
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.