Saferoom dome will be manned for emergencies

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

“Any time 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.

The agency organizes volunteers from the area and around the country to help save lives and assist people in need.

“We have a pool of about 300 volunteers in various capacities and specialties that are ready when we get the call,” said Iris Martinez Juergens, American Red Cross South Texas Chapter executive director.

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