American Red Cross prepare with annual disaster drill

By WEEK Reporter

American Red Cross prepare with annual disaster drill

March 8, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:32 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- This is severe weather preparedness week and local American Red Cross personnel and volunteers are preparing for the worst.

Chapters from Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur, Quincy and Springfield all met in Peoria Friday for their annual disaster scenario drill.

The exercise is designed to test decision making skills and teamwork among the different chapters in the case of an emergency.

This years scenario was a tornado touchdown causing significant damage in Champaign and Pittsfield.

"Preplanning is the key to disaster response. It is always a disaster so it is always chaotic and the first 48 hours to 72 just look like pure chaos but in reality if you know what your resources are and who you have to connect with, you can make it a lot more smoother and a lot more more efficient so pre-planning is everything," said Maryls Devries, Disaster Officer.

Red Cross officials say the hardest part about disaster relief is getting enough volunteers to help out in emergency situations.

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