Milwaukee Red Cross prepared for evacuees if NATO summit disaster happens

CREATED Apr. 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr. 26, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Red Cross is preparing in case people from Chicago need to evacuate the city during the NATO Summit. 

Spokeswoman Barbara Behling told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that if an incident happens during the NATO summit that leads to an evacuation of at least part of the city of Chicago, Milwaukee's Red Cross will be ready with beds, food and doctors ready for evacuees.

"It's like any situation where there would be an evacuation," said Behling.

She says they prepare often to take people in from the Chicago area if a disaster happens there.

"If a tornado would hit Chicago, we're an evacuation area.  If there would be a large scale power outage, we're an evacuation area.  This isn't anything out of the normal for us."

Behling also told me they put the same plans in whenever there's a big event.

"Anytime there are large gatherings of people, Presidential inaugurations, the Super Bowl, the Chicago Marathon, the American Red Cross is asked to have a contingency plan in case there would be an evacuation."

The NATO summit happens next month.