Red Cross to Mercedes safe room during disasters

MERCEDES — The American Red Cross has the green light to man the safe room dome shelter in the event of a severe emergency.

“Anytime an emergency plan is activated, the city will coordinate with the American Red Cross to man the facility,” said Richard Garcia, Mercedes city manager. “Staff will also be trained as a backup.”

The city council voted unanimously recently to enter an agreement with the American Red Cross during the last city meeting.