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Church turns into Red Cross shelter

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Don't be alarmed if you see a bunch of Red Cross emergency response vehicles at a local church this weekend. It's part of a shelter simulation put on by the Metro Atlanta Red Cross.

The exercise will take place at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross. It will involve more than 100 volunteers.

The goal is to train volunteers how to run a shelter in case of an emergency. That includes setting up cots and dealing with traumatized people and those with medical and dietary needs.

"This exercise is especially relevant in the aftermath of the tornadoes that ravaged Bartow and Gordon counties", said Marilyn Self, Director of Disaster Readiness for the Georgia Red Cross, in a written statement. "We don't know what's in store for the rest of the severe weather season, but whatever happens we'll be ready."

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