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Red Cross volunteers prepare for the unexpected

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Disaster can strike in a moment's notice, that's why a local agency is making sure it's prepared to respond if and when it happens.
Saturday morning trained Red Cross volunteers had a disaster assessment exercise, allowing them to put their skills to practice and work with partner agencies.
In response to an emergency, The Red Cross shares disaster assessment information to determine the scope of the damage.
It is then used to determine how much and what type of assistance is needed to help the community recover.
Saturday volunteers combed the Mueller neighborhood to put their skills to action.
"There's different levels of damage. So for a flood for example, there might be a certain amount of inches of water in the home. If there was a tornado, you would look for other signs of structural damage. It kind of depends on what the disaster is," says Bristel Bowen, American Red Cross of Central Texas.
Al of the volunteers who participated in the exercise have taken a class called disaster assessment basics, giving them a better idea of how to respond.

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