Monday, August 29, 2011

National Guard Helps Deliver Aid to Communities; Florida Red Cross Brings in Supplies

With several communities cut off, and only accessible by high water vehicles, the National Guard is assisting Red Cross efforts to get in food and water. Guard members arrived at the Red Cross office in Rutland and headed out to Cavendish and Wilmington. Additional collaboration will continue.

In an unusual if not ironic twist, Florida Red Crossers arrived with two Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) today with additional supplies. Pictured above is an ERV from Daytona Beach. Also in Rutland is an ERV from Jacksonville. On board the ERVs were shelf-stable meals, water and snacks. While volunteers from the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley have responded to hurricanes in Florida and across the south, we are fairly confident that it is the first time Florida has had the occasion to pitch in as part of a hurricane response in Vermont.