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Thursday, February 6, 2003
Red Cross Volunteers "Playing the Public" For Amber Alert Exercise -- Scattered Across the State, Making Phone Calls to Various Hotlines

A dozen American Red Cross of Rhode Island disaster volunteers are "playing the public" this morning as part of the Rhode Island State Police exercise of "Amber Alert."

Scattered across Rhode Island, the volunteers are making phone calls to "*SP", the State Police hotline, "46-AMBER", the Amber Alert hotline, Rhode Island's "9-1-1" and participating local police agencies.

"Each volunteer has an imaginary "scenario" that they are sharing with the state police officer, or emergency worker who takes the call, " Nick Logothets, Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, said. "By placing these calls, we are helping police test the flow of information and handle various situations that might occur during an Amber Alert."

Logothets says in the event of a real activation of an Amber Alert, the Red Cross would get involved if the operation became large and on-going. He says volunteers would provide meals, transportation and other assistance to authorities, family members and others involved in the operation.

"The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies," Logothets says. "We are proud to be lending a hand to the Rhode Island State Police as they practice the Amber Alert system today."

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