On Saturday March 19, the American Red Cross worked with Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness Department to hold a sheltering exercise to prepare for the possibility of an earthquake. Berkeley County Sheriff Department, Berkeley County EMD, South Carolina State Guard, 30 Red Cross Volunteers and 30 people posing as earthquake survivors also participated in the simulation.
The Red Cross operated the shelter at Cane Bay High School in Summerville. To make the scenario as realistic as possible, participants responded to real-time updates and adjusted reposes according to the changing conditions.
"It's important everyone is ready to take on their roles so we are prepared when the big one happens," says volunteer Gary Gardener, Mass Care Lead.
In addition to sheltering and feeding survivors, Red Cross volunteers practiced disaster assessment, handling case work, and providing emotional support. After a successful day on Saturday, the Red Cross and it's partners are more prepared to respond together to an earthquake or other major disaster.
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