Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Real Fire; Disaster Exercise Keep Red Cross Busy

Volunteers on scene of Craftsbury Common’s fire; participating in Vermont Yankee exercise
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . . January 12, 2011. At this hour, volunteers from the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross are on the scene of a large barn fire in Craftsbury Common, VT. Due to the scale of the fire, which has required the response of 5 area fire departments and local EMS, the Red Cross was asked to provide support to first responders. Disaster services volunteers from the Chapter’s Orleans County Disaster Action Team responded by supplying rehabilitative support in the form of hydration and feeding. Having been on the scene since this morning, Red Cross volunteers have furnished breakfast and lunch to the first responders.

In other parts of the state, Red Cross volunteers and staff are participating in a statewide Vermont Yankee exercise. In a logistics and support role, Red Cross personnel are among those working the exercise from the State’s Emergency Operations Center. Exercising various mass care scenarios is a regular part of what the Red Cross does to ensure readiness should a disaster strike. This includes a national Red Cross exercise tomorrow in which a hurricane scenario will be played out.

All American Red Cross emergency assistance is provided free of charge and made possible by donations from fellow community members. To help the victims of these and other disasters, donations can be made to the American Red Cross by sending a contribution to the American Red Cross, Northern Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401-3323. Please specify Disaster Relief in the memo of your check.