A Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) will be delivered to the Clay County Health Department, located at 601 E. 12th Street Flora, Illinois, on Wednesday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. A photo and interview opportunity will be available.
The health department has allowed the emergency response vehicle to be stored at their facility. The vehicle will aid in disaster relief to mobilize supplies such as food, water and snacks, clean-up kits, and other items. The vehicle will arrive from the Decatur Red Cross chapter.
As the weather gets colder, the number of home fires increase, having an ERV based in the county will be beneficial for disaster response.
“The response times to fires will be quicker, it’s a huge resource for volunteers and the ability to do canteening on large fire events and other disasters,” Disaster Program Manager Jamie Beaver said.
In addition, during severe weather volunteers will have the ability to complete casework inside the ERV.
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If you need assistance after a home fire or disaster, please call our dispatch line: 1-877-597-0747.
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