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Storm Postpones Emergency Shelter Exercise

The Burbank Parks and Recreation Department will postpone a shelter response exercise because of the storms. The exercise was originally scheduled for Saturday.
The training exercise, in coordination with the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley Chapter, will take place at a future date at the Joslyn Adult Center, located at 1301 W. Olive Ave.
“The city of Burbank is excited to partner with the American Red Cross to offer an opportunity for approximately 60 regional disaster volunteers and key city staff to conduct a shelter response exercise, simulating a true emergency response scenario,” Marisa Garcia, director of the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department, said in a statement. “This training will provide volunteers and staff with the vital skills necessary to support our community in the event of a local or regional disaster.”
During the Disaster Action Team shelter response exercise, volunteers will examine case studies and scenarios and identify the various phases of the sheltering process.
Large disasters such as floods and wildfires are increasing in frequency and intensity, resulting in more displaced and vulnerable people who need support.
“In what has become a chronic disaster environment, training for disaster volunteers is more important than ever,” American Red Cross officials said in a statement.

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