Red Cross Ready to Roll Out

By: James Buechele; Red Cross Release Email
By: James Buechele; Red Cross Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 28, 2012- 11:34am

American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles Await New Assignments

In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac, the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter will serve as a staging area for Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and Mobile Feeding Kitchens coming from all over the nation. Red Cross Emergency Response vehicles perform mobile feeding and the distribution of needed supplies to shelters and residents affected by the storm.

About 25 vehicles arrived yesterday morning and are now parked at the chapter headquarters on Easterwood Drive. With Tallahassee being spared by Tropical Storm Isaac, Volunteer Emergency Response Vehicle teams now wait for their new assignments.

The vehicles will deploy to the affected areas once it is safe to enter the area. Drivers should receive their new assignments at 10:00 a.m. this morning. Volunteers will be available for interviews at the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter on Easterwood Drive.

People can send donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.tallyredcross.org , calling 850-878-6080 or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.tallyredcross.org or join our blog at http:/cacarc.wordpress.com.

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 27, 2012- 11pm

The Red Cross donates food, supplies and medication, among other things, in their mobile units but someone has to make sure those vehicles are up to code.

That's where Eugene "Cricket" Harper and Dolan Collins come into play.

Collins is from Nebraska while Harper hails from South Carolina. The two are driving to where others are leaving. They make sure the fleet of vehicles traveling across the country for the Red Cross are in working order and able to get help to those in need.

"When you get there there's usually tires, bad batteries or front end (issues)," said Collins.

"We don't like to see disasters happen but if it happens we want to be there to give them a shoulder to lay on and keep these trucks running," said Harper.

The vehicle they drive to disaster scenes looks like a mini-body shop inside with every tool you could think of to fix vehicles. It also helps that Harper runs his own body shop in the Palmetto State.

"Knowing that I have a mechanical background I decided this is something I would enjoy doing."

Between Dolan and Eugene, they have more than 14 years of experience working for the Red Cross and they've been all across the country from Colorado to New York and Texas to Florida.

Even though these two don't meet storm victims face-to-face, they're just happy they can help in the road to recovery.

"They know that you're there to help and that's what we're there for," said Collins.
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Tallahassee, Florida- August 27, 2012

Red Cross volunteers are getting ready for the storm too. They're ready to roll out as soon as they get the call to help.You'll see dozens of Red Cross trucks waiting in Tallahassee.

The Northwood Center in Tallahassee off of Monroe Street north of town is where volunteers have set up units to help potential victims of Tropical Storm Isaac. Thousands have come to Gulf Coast states to help as many prepare for strong winds and possible flooding.

Trucks will be heading out tomorrow. The drivers will be resting up in hotels in Tallahassee tonight then heading out to the eye of the storm- that is, wherever they expect Isaac to make landfall. At the Red Cross headquarters in Tallahassee there is a large storage unit for water supplies non perishable food items you name it.

Now if you can't donate items and just want to give money text the word Red Cross to 90999 and ten bucks will go to the Red Cross.
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Tallahassee, Florida- August 27, 2012- 5:30pm

The American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter has set up shop for what's expected to be a busy week for those trying to help victims of Tropical Storm Isaac. In Leon County, the Red Cross has decided to post its headquarters in Tallahassee.

The Red Cross has already made 30 thousand ready to go meals when Isaac makes landfall. They also have two mobile kitchens that can be dispatched as soon as they are needed. FEMA officials are helping prepare for the upcoming storm. They have been preparing as well. Speaking of FEMA, the last day to apply for aid from Debby is a week from tomorrow. 22 counties are up for aid.

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August 27, 2012- 11:15am

In preparation for TS Isaac making landfall, the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter has been asked to serve as a staging area for Red Cross Emergency Response vehicles and Mobile Feeding Kitchens coming from all over the nation. Red Cross Emergency Response vehicles perform mobile feeding and the distribution of needed supplies to shelters and residents affected by the storm.

“We will stage all the vehicles at the Northwood Center” said Dan Samborn, CEO for the Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross. Vehicles started to arrive this morning and are now parked at the chapter headquarters on Easterwood Drive until we move them to the Northwood Center.

The vehicles will deploy to the affected areas once the storm makes landfall and it is safe to enter the area. “We expect to stage at least 50 vehicles for the next few days.”

People can send donations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.tallyredcross.org , calling 850-878-6080 or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.tallyredcross.org or join our blog at http:/cacarc.wordpress.com.


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