Delivering Hope and Healing in ERVs
Since 1970, the number of large-scale disasters across the globe has more than quadrupled to nearly 400 per year. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the United States is among the top three nations to experience these disasters. This statistic hits home for communities in the Southern Tier, as they have experienced three major floods over the last decade.
Mary O’Malley-Trumble and her son can attest to how damaging these disasters can be. After rising waters from the Susquehanna River caused major flooding from Binghamton to Vestal in September 2011, Mary’s son lost his home, all of his personal possessions, and his two cats. This is just one of many haunting stories of loss for individuals in the Binghamton area, which is prone to flood risks because of the Susquehanna Basin. .
Stories such as Mary’s are the reason that the Red Cross actively works to be able to provide aid. The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles, or ERVS, are a big part of providing help to these communities. This is because ERVs are equipped to get through tough terrain and weather to provide help to people after disasters.