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Historic Congregational Church in Manitou Springs
August 10, 2013. Photo by Denise Brill/American Red Cross
Red Cross has worked closely with the Historic Congregational Church in Manitou Springs to recruit volunteers and to ensure that the church is available and ready for activation. They have also placed a cache of supplies at the church including cots, blankets and cleanup supplies just in case they are needed. Reverend David Hunting from the Historical Congregational Church in Manitou Springs has been an important part of the process. "The Red Cross has given us some excellent training about keeping the public safe," Reverend Hunting said. "The Red Cross has a name that is known around the world and it is great to have that symbol so visible in our community."
Far from crying wolf, these activations provide a tangible reminder to residents to take every flood threat seriously – you never know which storm will be the one – and opening the evacuation center not only provides for a safe place to ride out the storm, it also gives volunteers training and practice so they’re prepared for the worst. Check out the video below about recent volunteer training in Manitou Springs, Colo. The video was produced by Charlie Mussi of the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter.