SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The American Red Cross is making sure staff members and volunteers in southwest Virginia are prepared for severe weather.

With the start of hurricane season, the Red Cross is doing weather disaster training simulations. These exercises are meant to help prepare people for real-life situations when dangerous conditions force families to leave their homes.

One of those shelter simulation exercises already took place at the Salem Civic Center on Tuesday, June 14.

“If an emergency manager indicates that there is a need for the Red Cross, we work along with the Department of Social Services, with the police, with fire, to make sure that we have feeding and staffing and everything there for our clients to feel comfortable,” said Jackie Grant, executive director of the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross. “So, nothing is done alone. We are a partner agency with many organizations throughout the communities.”

If you are interested in volunteering for Red Cross, click here. You can also sign up for training and certification classes by following this link.