This morning, Congressman Peter Welch visited the Rutland headquarters of American Red Cross relief efforts in Vermont. He was provided an overview of Red Cross activities by Tim Stetson, Chief Response Officer of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley Region. The support received from Governor Shumlin, Congressman Welch, and Senators Leahy and Sanders has been a real boast for all.
ERVs continue to run the roads of Vermont, providing relief supplies to the towns hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene. The delivery of much need items by Red Crossers is in addition to the delivery of Red Cross supplies by the Vermont National Guard. National Guard high water vehicles, 5-ton trucks and humvees have helped distribute supplies.
In the upcoming days, bulk distribution sites will be set up to disperse a variety of items to help with clean up including shovels, rakes, tarps, batteries, flashlights, buckets, radios, gloves and trash bags. Food, water, personal hygiene items, such as hand sanitizer, will also be available free of charge to anyone in need. Distribution sites and schedules will be announced when determined.