by Krystal Paco
Guam - Island mayors and their staff are often the first responders in their villages and following a two-day shelter fundamentals training this week, they're now better prepared to care for residents in times of disaster.
American Red Cross emergency services director David Peredo says the training is in collaboration with Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense to ensure guidelines and procedures for opening, operating, and closing a shelter are followed.
"We want to embrace their partnership so we can work together. And build this critical resource so we can have something available for the community and the shelterees when the time comes," he said.
Peredo says efforts are also being made to identify sites other than schools that may be identified as shelters.
This is a critical resource as some residents are unable to return to their homes even after the all clear is given.