Columbus, Ohio– The Central & Southern Ohio Region of the American Red Cross has acquired a new Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to use in its disaster response efforts. This vehicle will be based in Columbus to serve communities throughout Central and Southern Ohio during disasters as well as help local Red Cross volunteers to deploy for national disaster responses. The purchase of the vehicle was made possible through a generous donation of $150,000 from the American Electric Power Foundation.
“American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles, or ‘ERVs’ as we call them, are the backbone of our disaster relief delivery system,” said Cory Paul, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Chapter. “They’re instrumental in almost every phase of disaster response—from prepositioning people, cots and blankets before a hurricane strikes to distributing food and drinks following a tornado. These vehicles, and the volunteers who use them, are essential to delivering our vital services and we are extremely grateful to AEP for their unwavering support.”
“The American Electric Power Foundation is proud to support the American Red Cross and the newest addition to its fleet of vehicles,” said Dale Heydlauff, senior vice president – AEP Corporate Communications and president of the AEP Foundation. “This Emergency Response Vehicle contributes to the realization of our commitment to power a brighter and healthier future for families in our community.”
During a disaster, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are on the frontline, delivering essential supplies and support, to those, who in many cases, have lost everything. “Without the generous donation from partners like American Electric Power Foundation, this Emergency Response Vehicle would not be available to serve our communities in times of emergency,” said Stephanie Byrd, Central & Southern Ohio Regional Executive. “We are immensely grateful for this support. It allows us to respond efficiently and effectively during local disasters like tornadoes and floods, as well as help in national disaster responses such as hurricanes.”
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/columbus and join us on Twitter and Facebook @ARCcsor.