GA Relief Supplies/ Vols. Supporting Irene Relief Efforts


National Red Cross "Mega" Warehousel, Union City,GA

Tuesday, August 30, 2011– Thirty-six Red Cross disaster volunteers from metro Atlanta – 56 from Georgia – are among thousands already supporting Hurricane Irene relief efforts in 14 east coast states, from the Carolinas to Maine.  The group includes new volunteers on their first national disaster assignment and veteran responders playing leadership roles in operations in New York (Jeanne Spears, Health Services and Bob Butler, Government Liaison), Maryland (Jack McCaffery, Operations Management) and North Carolina (Bill Parks, Communication Technology).

 The Atlanta-based Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), capable of powering essential equipment for a Red Cross relief operation under disaster conditions, deployed last night for North Carolina. In addition, Georgia’s entire fleet of Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) used for mobile feeding is “on the road to relief.”  In fact, every Red Cross ERV east of the Rocky Mountains – more than 250 vehicles – has been mobilized to help.

The Red Cross Disaster Field Supply Center in Union City, Georgia, one of more than a dozen strategically placed supply centers nationwide, received its first shipment request for generators and clean-up kits last night.  Tens of thousands of essential items are already pre-positioned along the East Coast, including prepackaged meals.

While many states are still assessing damage, the Red Cross expects to be helping people in hard-hit areas for several weeks and has already supported more than 500 shelters for 27,000 people fleeing the hurricane. Additional requests for volunteers and supplies are anticipated.

Anyone wishing to help provide Red Cross relief for the millions impacted by Hurricane Irene is encouraged to click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Financial gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

  • Visit www.redcross.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Contributions can be sent to the Metro Atlanta Chapter at P.O. Box 101508, Atlanta, GA 30392 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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