Disaster Planning & Preparation in Southwest Louisiana
We at the American Red Cross of
Southwest Louisiana, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana,
do not wait until disaster
strikes; our planning and preparation begins long before.
Each disaster situation has its own specific procedure
for response. A plan including coordination of action,
materials, and locations is designed. Places are found
that can be used as shelters, vendors are contacted
about provisions, and drills are made and practiced.
It is because of preparation and planning that the Red
Cross can successfully meet the needs of victims.
Being able to quickly and skillfully respond is dependent
upon having trained and qualified volunteers.
Each year new people, ranging from young people to elderly,
are educated in disaster
awareness and response. It is the willingness and the
determination of these volunteers that make the Red
Cross of Southwest Louisiana effective and prepared
for each disaster.
In the event that the local chapter of the Red Cross
cannot fully meet the needs of a disaster situation,
national chapters are continually on standby to assist.
There are over 1,400 communities across the nation who
have volunteer staff ready to respond to neighboring
disaster situations. Preparation is all about unity!