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Nation IN BRIEF : NATIONWIDE : Red Cross Conducts Disaster Drills

March 03, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The American Red Cross tested disaster readiness in a day of nationwide drills. Authorities in cities across the country simulated emergency conditions for natural disasters, terrorist bombings, fires, hazardous material spills and plane crashes that would require first aid, logistics and emergency shelter or evacuation. About 900 Red Cross chapters participated, said Don Jones, vice president for disaster services. The Red Cross will perform surveys over the next several days to see where improvements could be made.

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