On Saturday, May 16th, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada held their annual chapter-wide exercise with participating local organizations to practice what they regularly prepare for. Volunteers had the opportunity to partake in a disaster simulation in order to prepare for real-life situations.
The simulation’s scenario was a large thunderstorm in Southern Nevada causing a city flood and aircraft crash near the chapter’s site. Volunteers were responsible for opening and operating a disaster operating center and three shelters in four separate areas, performing damage assessment, and providing food and recovery services to those affected by the disaster.
The exercise was a successful community-wide event, with the American Red Cross partnering with organizations all over Las Vegas. Throughout the exercise, the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter was tested on their ability to mobilize volunteers and staff to efficiently carry out on-demand tasks in each person’s respective roles.
The drill allowed volunteers from each core of the Red Cross to achieve exercise objectives necessary for providing aid to the community before, during, and after a disaster.