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Washoe County School District, Red Cross Shelter Agreement

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The Washoe County School District and the Red Cross entered into an agreement Tuesday that they say will make our community safer during an emergency.

In the past during emergencies like fires or floods, any situation that would cause an evacuation order, the Red Cross has worked with the school district to set up shelters.

They had an unofficial understanding that they'd work together, but today they signed a formal agreement that will start the process of streamlining the shelter system.

"It allows us to work through some of the details so that when there is a disaster, we don't have to be delayed in any way," says Clara Andriola.

You may remember back in November of 2011, the Caughlin Fire forced evacuations for hundreds of families. The Red Cross set up a shelter at Reno High School. Tuesday's agreement makes it so shelters like those will be more easily set up in the case of a major emergency.

Teams will go out to Washoe County schools, look at layouts and make individual plans for things like beds, food, and animal services. "We learned just from recent incidents that it's so important for us to partner with the community, especially because we know, emergencies happen," says WCSD Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Andriola adds, "Those are really not the times that you want to have the discussions about where to put things."

Andriola says March is actually Red Cross Month and the organization is always looking for volunteers. If you'd like to help out, go to http://www.redcross.org/

Written by Arianna Bennett

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