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San Andreas, CA — Calaveras County Red Cross wants volunteers to help them get valuable experience by helping with a mock disaster. They want volunteers to play the role of disaster evacuees. It’s part of a training exercise that will simulate a Red Cross evacuation center and a Red Cross disaster shelter.

The exercise is set for Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road, in San Andreas.

Red Cross Officials say in the last year, volunteers in San Andreas, Mountain Ranch and Valley Springs have been trained in how to assist people affected by disasters and how to operate shelters during disasters. They say their preparations have included pre-disaster surveys of community buildings that might serve as shelters during emergencies.

Red Cross Officials say its volunteers from all over Calaveras County are gathering to practice their skills with a realistic scenario. They say you can help them hone their skills by signing up to serve three hours as a mock evacuee.

Red Cross Officials say the event is also a chance to learn more about how volunteers can help preserve life and health during disasters.

To sign up you can call Dana Nichols at (209) 768-9072.