ELIZABETH CITY, NC, May 1, 2013 — This week, the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross donated 25,000 HeaterMeals valued at $130,000 to the Food Bank of the Albemarle. The Red Cross works closely with the Food Bank to prepare for and respond to disasters. The Food Bank generously allows the Red Cross to store disaster food supplies in their warehouse.
“We are proud to partner with our friends at the Food Bank of the Albemarle,” said Carolyn Self, Executive Director of the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. “Thanks to the Food Bank, we are prepared to feed our community in the event of a disaster.”
As part of local disaster preparedness planning, the Red Cross keeps an inventory of supplies including nonperishable food which can be used during emergencies. Disaster supplies are periodically replenished as they near their expiration dates and the products are donated to local partner agencies. A new inventory of HeaterMeals will be delivered to replace the donated goods.
The Red Cross uses HeaterMeals and other food supplies to help feed volunteers and those who have been affected by disaster such as hurricanes, floods, and fires after which electricity is not available. HeaterMeals are self-heating, shelf-stable emergency food products, with a shelf-life of up to 5 years, based on the production date and storage temperature. These products offer a warm meal which can provide a small comfort during times of need.
Personal preparedness kits should include a 3-day supply of shelf-stable, non-perishable emergency food items such as HeaterMeals. Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
When emergencies happen, the Red Cross mobilizes to provide shelter, food, counseling and other lifesaving services. Contact your local Red Cross at 252-335-2185 or visit redcross.org to find out more about how you can prepare your home and family, workplace, and school.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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