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American Red Cross planning for slow hurricane season, but says relief should still be important

Officials says the 2014 hurricane season is expected to be slow (Source: KTRE Staff) Officials says the 2014 hurricane season is expected to be slow (Source: KTRE Staff)
Officials say it's always important to have a hurricane evacuation plan (Source: KTRE Staff) Officials say it's always important to have a hurricane evacuation plan (Source: KTRE Staff)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Despite a slow hurricane season on tap for this summer, East Texas Red Cross officials are still planning for disaster relief.

On Wednesday, Lufkin's newest regional managers spoke to dozens of firefighters, police officers, and emergency management crews at Lufkin's Pitser Garrison Convention Center.

KTRE 9's Chief Meterologist Brad Hlozek was also in attendance to talk about the slow hurricane season and predictions in our past.

Scott Brawley, the American Red Cross disaster program manager for Lufkin, said the city's recent growth in Red Cross management is a good move.

"The Red Cross has organized a little bit differently - we began to organize a little bit differently the way we handle the emergency management. We basically restructured ourselves to mirror the FEMA formula, and that's what the cities in Angelina County is mirroring too as far as their emergency action teams," Brawley said.

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Brawley said the hurricane preparedness week is an annual event to prepare all city officials and volunteers for any sort of disaster relief.

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