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“Shelter Agreement” established by American Red Cross of Northern Nevada and Washoe County School District

By Miriam Hodgman

redcrosslogo250AMERICAN RED CROSS NORTHERN NEVADA CHAPTER NEWS RELEASE – The American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter and the Washoe County School District strengthen their mutual goal towards community disaster awareness and preparedness this week with the signing of a Shelter Agreement.

Red Cross CEO Clara Andriola and WCSD Superintendent Pedro Martinez are scheduled to sign the agreement tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the district’s office, 425 E. 9th Street, in Reno. The Red Cross provides shelter to individuals, families and communities when disaster strikes with the generous support of private donations and facility owners who permit their buildings to be used as a temporary refuge for disaster victims.

“This is a huge partnership for the community to have and we are excited to work with the Washoe County School District. This agreement ensures that in the event of a disaster, the Red Cross is able to use any of the schools in the Washoe County School District as evacuation shelter as needed by the community. Being Red Cross Ready means creating these strong relationships with all community partners before disaster strikes.” Andriola states.

The American Red Cross Northern Nevada chapter area covers 87,000 square miles with a population of more than 761,195 people. Our chapter territory is from Tonopah north, with our main chapter in Reno and branch offices in Elko, Incline Village and Winnemucca.