Fire Corps Programs Support Katrina and Rita Efforts

Thursday, 06 October 2005

Throughout the United States, Fire Corps programs have taken part in assisting with the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the tremendous effect these storms had on the Gulf Coast region. "Several Fire Corps programs have found innovative ways to help with the recovery efforts, to assist the survivors of the storms and to support the emergency providers who were and are working in the effected areas" said Shawn Stokes, Director of Fire Corps. Examples include:

  • Frederick County, MD has a former mobile bank that is used by the fire service and manned by Fire Corps for rehab and public safety and preparedness education. Because of renovations at the local Red Cross there was a need for office space and the unique layout of the vehicle it was used by the Red Cross to provide desperately needed space in support of their Katrina efforts.
  • The Fire Corps members of the Katy Fire Department in Katy,TX helped to directly serve the needs of over 300 evacuees in conjunction with 2 local churches.
  • Johnson County RFD #1 and their Fire Corps members from the University of the Ozarks PBL chapter held a picnic for evacuees that included food and entertainment at a local picnic pavilion. In addition the students are helping the families get on line and search for missing family members, several families have been reunited though these efforts.

"With efforts like this taking place all over the country it really shows how a program like Fire Corps can help in its local community in times of need, even nationally, as the responses to Katrina show" said Stokes.

If your program has helped out in some way with supporting the Katrina and Rita efforts please let the Fire Corps office know, we’d love to hear about your experiences.

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