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May 1, 2011 4:36 PM by James H Egbert

UPDATE: Red Cross volunteers from the Pikes Peak region head to Alabama

Earlier today the Pike Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross announced that their ECRV (Emergency Communications Response Vehicle) would be deployed to assist in recovery efforts in areas affected by Tornado ravage in the South. Since then the Red Cross has updated that the vehicle along with resources from other Red Cross districts will be heading to Alabama where Red Cross teams are already working.

Red Cross Disaster Volunteers on Emergency Response Vehicles are conducting mobile feeding to the hardest hit areas, delivering meals, snacks, and water to families as they continue their clean-up and recovery. To date, over 200 Red Cross volunteers are responding to the disaster-caused needs of our neighbors in the North Alabama region, with more arriving each day.

Yesterday alone, over 4,000 meals and 1,600 snacks were served to residents throughout North Alabama affected by the tornadoes.

Catherine Nowak, Director of Marketing for the Pikes Peak Chapter serving Southeast Colorado says, "From the Colorado community alone, we have deployed 20 trained volunteers. 2 from the Pikes Peak Chapter, Bill Fortune and Lee Pickerel will be driving the half million dollar ECRV, or Emergency Communications Response Vehicle for deployment to the affected region of Alabama Monday morning. There are only 9 of the ECRVs and they are garaged in secure locations around the United States, and deployed when disasters require communication support."
ECRV Operators are called on as needed to drive the vehicles to and from disaster locations and operate the systems until communications can be otherwise restored.
They have been used in every significant relief operation since 2002, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, and the October 2007 California wildfires.

-- Information provided by Pikes Peak Red Cross. --

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