The Westfield United Fund provided a $15,000 grant to the Red Cross to create a team of trained residents who would be able operate a shelter in or near Westfield.
The Red Cross hosted multiple training sessions last March at the Union County Emergency Operations Center in Westfield where they trained 47 shelter volunteers — more than double their initial goal of 20.
Of the 47 trained volunteers, 19 were trained to function as shelter workers, 12 as shelter supervisors and 16 as shelter managers.
In June, the newly-trained volunteers tested their skills utilizing real world scenarios at a shelter drill hosted by the Red Cross in partnership with the Union County Office of Emergency Management at the National Guard Armory in Westfield.
The Westfield United Fund also authorized the purchase of a Disaster Health Consumable Medical Supplies Cart. The cart is able to store additional medical supplies that are not included in the traditional shelter medical kit. The cart will allow for better care of individuals with special medical needs in Red Cross shelters.
“We’ll now be able to help support some of the needs of shelter residents who evacuate without specific medical equipment used in their homes every day,” said Red Cross Disaster Function Support Director Michael Prasad.
The cart houses a refrigerator to hold medications and other medical items that may need to be temperature controlled. The front panel of the cart is removable and folds out into a table to provide a mobile workstation for shelter health professionals.
Thank you Westfield United Fund!
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