Red Cross generator becomes operational today!

Greater Ozarks Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Contact: Nigel Holderby

Red Cross Disaster & Safety Services Office

is Red Cross Ready!

American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Region, 11/23/2011

Today, November 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM the Red Cross Disaster & Safety
Services office and warehouse at 1545 N. West Bypass in Springfield, MO.
will be going offline for a short period of time while a City Utilities
team connects the new generator to the building. Not to worry, our
phones are never off, so our staff and Volunteers are still able to
respond to the needs of the community should they occur.

During the 2007 Missouri Ice Storm, disaster hit the disaster
responders. The overwhelming loss of power across the city of
Springfield and the surrounding areas meant that shelters were opening
to provide a warm, safe place for families to stay as the city and
county worked diligently around the clock to restore power. “One of the
things we do during a disaster is open a Shelter. This was no different
and our office, specifically our heated warehouse, was turned into a
storm shelter; until we lost power.” said Greg Gaines, Red Cross
Regional Mass Care Coordinator.

In 2008 we began working towards the goal of being able to practice what
we preach in disaster preparedness. We needed to be Red Cross Ready. We
worked hard on fundraising campaigns, have saved towards the purchase of
this generator every year and it has finally happened. We were able to
purchase the generator and begin its installation this fall.

“The Ice Storm moved the need for a generator to the top of our priority
list. Thanks to our faithful donors and our Volunteer, Ralph Wise, who
is also a retired engineer, this need has been fulfilled. We believe our
community is safer as our ability to respond will not be impaired in the
event of electrical failure!” says Debi Meeds Regional CEO for the
Greater Ozarks Region.

For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby.

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