Westwood serves as Red Cross disaster shelter

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

The Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees has renewed an agreement with the American Red Cross for Westwood Elementary to be a shelter location for Friendswood. The decision was unanimous and occurred at the recent June 10 meeting of the Board.

In the event of a disaster, American Red Cross provides services to individuals, families, and communities. Westwood Elementary has served in the past as the identified campus for a shelter should it be required in the community for emergency situations.

The District will continue this facility use agreement with the Red Cross.

The agreement is part of the city wide emergency operations plan and would be used in conjunction with Office of Emergency Management.

This voluntary agreement gives the right of refusal to the District should conditions or situations warrant it not being used as a shelter.

Westwood is located at 506 W. Edgewood in Friendswood.

The American National Red Cross is a non-profit corporation chartered by the United States Congress. Their relief activities are made possible by the American public who supports the Red Cross with donations.

The Red Cross’ disaster services are also supported by facility owners who permit the Red Cross to use their buildings as shelters and other service delivery sites for disaster victims.