The American Red Cross Capital Region chapter just received word that five of their Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) will be mobilized and sent to help those impacted by the Superstorm Sandy. The ERVs will be driven across country and will help distribute food and water to areas that need it. Each ERVs has two individuals assigned to them. The ERVs will depart from various points across the area - Sacramento, Stockton, and in northeastern California - in the next few hours. The first two ERVs will depart from the chapter headquarters at 1565 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, at 7:00 am. They are to make their way to Sandy, NY, where they will be dispatched to the areas needing assistance. The ERVs are crucial elements to the American Red Cross' relief efforts. They allow the volunteers to drive directly to those areas impacted and distribute emergency supplies like food and water to devastated neighborhoods. Currently, two-thirds of the American Red Cross ERV fleet are in service in the northeast. These additional ERVs from our area will further assist in the relief efforts. The ERVs will take several days to drive across country and make their way to Sandy, NY.
More than 6,100 people spent Friday night in 102 Red Cross shelters in 7 states - New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. The Capital Region currently has 46 volunteers from the region in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. For more information please contact Public Affairs desk at 916-208-7427