RED CROSS
6:06 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross national disaster warehouse prepares for severe weather

A year after one of the worst winters in decades, emergency officials say St. Louis is prepared for more severe weather. City and county officials were briefed Thursday on the American Red Cross's preparations at its national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis.

Mary Anderson, the Red Cross' regional director of disaster services says since last year's devastating tornados that struck Missouri, the Red Cross is making space in the 100,000 square-foot facility for more supplies.

"We do have several smaller warehouses across the US that we're trying to consolidate," Anderson said. "So that's why we're setting up these racking systems -- so we can get more supplies in here."

The warehouse is one of just five storage hubs in the nation where the agency houses disaster relief supplies.