Red Cross workers learn hurricane season skills

Red Cross workers learn hurricane season skills

WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - Volunteers who will lead the response during hurricanes are working on a game plan for this season.

About 80 volunteers with the Southeast chapter of the American Red Cross are undergoing hurricane readiness training in Woolmarket.

Monday, they took part in a drill that follows the progression of a storm that's 120 hours away from making landfall. The topics include shelters, feeding, supplies and working with government partners.

"We have brought in volunteers even from Tupelo, because during a hurricane or potential hurricane, we would open shelters as far as Tupelo to try and have enough capacity, and us all working on the same page, and having the same information is what's really important," said program manager Angie Grajeda. "So holding this meeting on an annual basis just brings us together one more time, refreshes that information, make sure that we're communicating well as a team."

The training continues Tuesday, with discussions on health, fundraising, and damage assessment.

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