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Red Cross Runs Shelter Drill To Help Be Better Prepared

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Whether it's tornadoes or house fires, disaster can strike anytime.

But the American Red Cross is prepared.

6 News Sharon Yoo was at their training Thursday and has more.

Case scenario - a tornado sweeps through Lansing, 50 homes are destroyed and two people are dead.

“This is the real test. This is a simulation of a disaster,” said Alison Bono, Regional Director of Communications.

Thursday’s disaster case is a tornado and shelter set up is not an easy task.

But they don't just respond to tornados, they cover everything from extreme weather to house fires, which was how Laura Canute became acquainted with the Red Cross.

“Our family had a house fire. It was almost a year and a half ago and besides the first fire truck that came to the house, the Red Cross was the first people to come,” said Laura Canute, volunteer, lost home to fire.

And that's what Red Cross trained for Thursday, for quick and resourceful help.

“Always keep in mind, clients first. Clients' needs come first,” said Joan Meinke, Regional Emergency Service Officer.

And clients are anyone and everyone in need.

“We have no bias against anyone. Everyone receives our help and if we can't help you then we will find someone who can.”

And Canute's main goal?

To “help people and talk to the people and at least share my experience with them and tell them I really do know what they are going through and that's what we're here to help do.”

The Red Cross will continue to train its incoming volunteers so that they can step up to help as soon as they're needed.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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