The Tennessee Volunteer Region of the American Red Cross revealed the newest addition to its disaster services fleet on Friday morning at the 356 Building, located at 356 24th Avenue North in Nashville, TN.
Thanks to a generous donation from the HCA Foundation on behalf of TriStar Health, the Red Cross will have increased capacity to respond to disasters with this trailer throughout the region, which covers all of Middle and West Tennessee, to shelter disaster victims with medical or functional needs. The disaster trailer is a critical component of the Red Cross response to small and large scale disasters quickly and ensures that all clients have the same access to emergency shelters and services.
“This donation demonstrates how important disaster response is in our area,” said Joel Sullivan, Regional CEO for the Tennessee Volunteer Region of the American Red Cross. “This trailer provides us with greater versatility, the ability to be better prepared ahead of a disaster, and broader reach throughout the region in case of an emergency. We are grateful to HCA for their generosity.”
Although shelter openings in Tennessee are somewhat less frequent than in other areas of the country that experience hurricanes and tornadoes regularly, there have been incidents in recent years that have required shelters specifically for clients with functional needs. Most recently, the Nashville Area Chapter sheltered 172 Parthenon Towers residents, a large percentage of whom had functional needs, for a period of four days at Lipscomb University following a power outage in May.
“The HCA Foundation believes these new disaster relief trailers will have a positive impact on members of our community with unique health and wellness needs following a disaster in our region,” said Joanne Pulles, president of the HCA Foundation. “We applaud the Red Cross for identifying this local need and are proud to partner with them again by funding these special needs disaster trailers.”
Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) are defined as services that enable individuals to maintain their independence in a general population shelter. Children and adults requiring FNSS may have physical, sensory, mental health, and cognitive and/or intellectual disabilities affecting their ability to function independently without assistance. Others that may benefit from FNSS include women in late stages of pregnancy, elders, and people needing bariatric equipment.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org