ROCKFORD, Tenn. (WATE) – Even before strong wind, heavy rain, and now Category 4 Hurricane Florence make landfall on the southeastern coast of the United States, East Tennessee’s Remote Area Medical has trucks ready and waiting.
Water, dehydrated meals for adults and children, sleeping bags, pillows, and hygiene products are all stored in RAM’s headquarters in Rockford. At a moment’s notice, RAM’s trucks, some 18-wheelers, can be loaded and on the road to help.
Watching reports of Hurricane Florence, RAM’s disaster manager, Ron Brewer, has a plan in motion.
“We have our drivers ready now, we have our trucks ready to go, our supplies ready, all we have to do is put them on the truck,” said Brewer.
Brewer says last year’s response to Hurricane Harvey in areas of Texas taught his team how to better respond to future events, like the projected damage from Hurricane Florence on the coast of the Carolinas.
“In operation Harvey, in Beaumont, we had a truck that the river come up behind it. the water had come up behind it. it wasn’t a really bad problem, but it could’ve been,” said Brewer.
Brewer says the two trucks, packed with enough water, food and supplies to help thousands, will take off towards the coast next Sunday or Monday. He says, for safety, RAM waits until the storm has passed, the roads are cleared, and the flooding has gone down.
The RAM team says keeping a warehouse stocked with enough supplies for natural disasters like this is only possible with help from the community.