Red Cross mobile emergency shelters
By Robin Scott
The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross announced on August 14th that 100 DID, an economic development non-profit company in Moore County, is preparing three vans to be presented to the Texas Panhandle Chapter, American Red Cross for the purpose of storing and transporting emergency shelter materials.
Three U-Haul vans were donated and converted into mobile storage facilities. Cots, blankets and administrative supplies are stored in each so that a shelter may be opened to support 200 people wherever necessary.
The vans will be stationed in Dumas and Amarillo, with a third location to be determined dependent on the level of commitment from outlying communities. Driving the van may be done on a regular Class C driver’s license, so any Red Cross volunteer will be able to move the vehicle to the location needed. If a disaster strikes and an emergency shelter is needed, all three vans could be transported to a site where more trained Red Cross volunteers can set up and operate the facility.
The vans may then be used to shuttle additional supplies to each facility while the temporary shelter is in place. The chapter is seeking garage facilities to house the vans and keep them in good operating condition.
100 DID President Carl Unlaub of Dumas stated that finishing touches are nearly complete on the vehicles and they should be turned over to the Red Cross Texas Panhandle Chapter on September 1st. The only remaining challenge is to secure garage facilities for each. The Red Cross Chapter will conduct training in the target community for the volunteers who will care for and drive the vehicle.
Formal presentation ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st at 10:00 a.m. in Dumas at the Dumas Visitor’s Center located at 16th Street and Dumas Avenue. That same day a ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Amarillo at the Texas Panhandle Chapter, American Red Cross located at 1800 S. Harrison. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.
For further information, contact Carl Unlaub at 806.206.5907 or Martha Riddlespurger at 806.376.6309.