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ARC ERV Relocates to Glennville
The Glennville community welcomed a seven-ton Red Cross wonder on August 10, a relocated ERV (Emergency Response Vehicle).
Among those in attendance as the ERV rolled into the Welcome Center were Glennville Mayor Jean Bridges, City Council members, the Chief of Police, Tattnall County Disaster Action Team members, Red Cross staff, and other interested townspeople.
“It’s great to have the ERV here in Tattnall County,” Mayor Bridges said. It is an asset to our community, and we are privileged to have it housed in Glennville. We appreciate the Red Cross and all that the staff and volunteers do for those who are in need on their worst of days.”
When house fires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, factory explosions, and other disasters strike our community, Red Cross ERVs respond immediately to provide on-site relief, dispensing relief supplies and serving as a mobile feeding station for disaster victims as well as emergency workers and Red Cross disaster volunteers.
The ERV was moved from Sylvania to Tattnall County to better support the Savannah Chapter’s regional responsiblities and jurisdiction for 34 counties in coastal and south Georgia. Hundreds of ERVs are strategically placed in Red Cross chapters throughout the US, ready to roll in with 2000 pounds of food, water, first-aid kits, cleanup kits, blankets, and other emergency supplies.
The ERV is a strong tool for the 31-member Evans County volunteer Disaster Action Teams, according to Lynette Greene, Program Coordinator of the Evans County branch of the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross. Members of this team have participated in the disaster responses at the Uvalda plant explosion, the Sugar Refinery explosion in Savannah, the Cobbtown Mother’s Day tornadoes, the Bryan County wildfires, the Adrian tornado, and many others.
“Having one of the four ERVs (out of the Savannah Chapter) permanently located here is outstanding!” said Chris Roessler, Glennville City Councilman. “I am excited to get the Red Cross out to other locations and to more civic meetings so that more of our citizens can see what a great vehicle this is, what a benefit it is to us, and what it is capable of providing to victims of disasters.”