Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle Rodeo March 23


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Press release submitted by American Red Cross


Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle Rodeo THIS SATURDAY!

The American Red Cross Midwest River Region is hosting a region wide training for Disaster Responders on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Approximately 30 volunteers and staff from across the region, along with five Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs), will converge at the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area in Moline, Illinois for an "ERV Rodeo".

Moline, Illinois - Just as the Red Cross encourages families, organizations and individuals to be prepared, we must also take measures to be prepared in order to best serve our communities. Having highly trained and prepared staff and volunteers ensures that the Red Cross is ready in the event of disasters and helps to further our mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of disasters.
The American Red Cross Midwest River Region is hosting a region wide training for Disaster Responders. Approximately 30 volunteers and staff from across the region, along with five Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs), will converge at the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area in Moline, Illinois for an "ERV Rodeo".
Attendees will begin with a classroom session that covers the responsibilities of ERV teams, including feeding and distribution of items like clean-up kits, followed by "hands on" training in operating an ERV. After this training, and refresher for seasoned volunteers, ERV drivers will compete in driving courses that test their skills in maneuvering around obstacles.
The five emergency response vehicles from the Midwest River Region are routinely called into service when a disaster strikes around the nation. Three of the vehicles from the region were on the east coast as part of the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
What: ERV Rodeo

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Training begins at 10:00 a.m.
Rodeo and competition begin at 1:30 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m.

Where: The Road-E-O will be held in the i wireless parking lot across the street from the
American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area, 1100 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265

Who: Approximately 30 Red Cross Disaster Volunteers and staff from around the region, representing the following Red Cross offices:
- American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area, Moline, Illinois
- American Red Cross of the Tri-States, Dubuque, Iowa
- Bureau County Branch, Princeton, Illinois
- Des Moines County Branch, Burlington, Iowa
- Gateway Area Chapter, Clinton, Iowa
- Lee County Branch, Keokuk, Iowa
- Lincoln Land Branch, Rock Falls, Illinois
- Muscatine-Louisa Unit, Muscatine, Iowa
- Northwest Illinois Chapter, Freeport, Illinois
- Rock River Chapter, Rockford, Illinois
- Western Illinois Chapter, Galesburg, Illinois


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


















 



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