ARLINGTON, TEXAS, August 20, 2014 — On Wednesday, August 20, Mayor Robert Cluck of Arlington, Texas, and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will join American Red Cross supporters to cut the ribbon on the newest and largest disaster supplies warehouse in the nation.
Referred to as a “Disaster Field Supply Center” (DFSC), the new Arlington location will house supplies to support up to 100,000 Americans after disasters nationwide.
The new 174,000 square foot facility contains thousands of cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, clean-up kits, coolers and cooking supplies needed to feed the masses.
“We couldn’t be happier to have this new national warehouse in the center of the Metroplex,” said T.D. Smyers, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “From this strategic location along a major interstate, Red Cross teams will be able to quickly move supplies whenever and wherever they’re needed across America.”
A total of five large Disaster Field Supply Centers are located across the nation: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada and now, in Texas.
The DFSC was made possible because of generous donors like Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions. Grainger provided the racking for the warehouse as a part of its commitment to the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). ADGP partners provide the American Red Cross with needed financial resources in advance of major disasters so that the organization can move swiftly when the time comes.
“We have a long-standing relationship with the American Red Cross and a tried and true partnership,” said Dean Kellogg, senior director of Regional Distribution with Grainger. “Grainger’s supply chain expertise and history of community service make helping the Red Cross on this DFSC a natural fit for us. We’re honored to help them enhance their operational capabilities.”
On top of housing relief supplies, the Arlington location will host blood drives, CPR and First Aid courses and become home to a new Disaster Action Team that will respond to local emergencies in Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale and Grand Prairie.
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 or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.