ALBUQUERQUE, NM - As chaos broke out following a mass shooting in southeastern Albuquerque on July 12th, the American Red Cross in New Mexico immediately deployed its on-call emergency response system, sending its team of trained disaster response volunteers, an Emergency Response Vehicle, a mental health expert and other service items to a nearby community center to support and comfort responders and displaced evacuees.
The Red Cross provides emergency relief services to communities affected by a disaster like the EMCORE shooting. Promoting and offering assistance like food, shelter and other needed items is an important part of disaster response and relief. To meet the need for these services, the Red Cross works closely with partner agencies to help with mass care work.
According to Cindy Adams, Regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross in New Mexico, disaster preparation and readiness is the key to making Red Cross disaster operations successful.
"At the Red Cross we are constantly preparing for the unknown," Adams said. "Having a plan and knowing what to do in the event of a disaster are always a priority for our volunteers and staff. When something like the EMCORE incident occurs and we need to mobilize, we are always well prepared to rise to the challenge."
During disasters like the EMCORE shooting where mass care is needed the Red Cross relies heavily on its trained volunteers for leadership and support. Preparing each volunteer to engage in these types of crises through rigorous training is what helps make the Red Cross mission successful. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, or to take a disaster training class, visit www.redcrossnewmexico.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.