DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In preparation for expected severe weather in the greater metroplex area, the American Red Cross tested its recently unveiled Digital Operations Center between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at its 4800 Harry Hines Blvd. location.

This was the first time the operations center was up and running, listening to conversations across DFW and monitoring nearby weather conditions.

The American Red Cross says it is helping prepare families for the storms.

“In the event of a major weather outbreak in the area, digital volunteers will be posting Red Cross shelter locations and other critical information, as well as helping community members who how and where to help,” Regional Chief communications Officer Anita Foster said.

In addition to the new ops center, remote teams from Philadelphia and Austin will provide a helping hand to the Dallas team.

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