Genesee Sun - Lighting the Region
- Published on Friday, 03 August 2012 13:00
- Written by BECKY MCKEOWN
GROVELAND — Frontier Communications has donated a disaster trailer to the Livingston County Red Cross, increasing the county’s capacity to respond to disasters throughout the region. The disaster trailer, which is a repurposed and rebranded Frontier vehicle, will carry supplies including cots, blankets, first aid kits, and other necessities, to a shelter in case of an emergency.
“This donation demonstrates how important disaster response is in our area,” said Richard King, Interim Director of Disaster and Emergency Services for the Finger Lakes NY Region of the American Red Cross. “A trailer provides us with greater versatility, the ability to be better prepared ahead of a disaster, and broader reach throughout the region in case of an emergency. We are grateful to Frontier for their generosity.”
Although shelter openings in New York are less frequent than in other areas of the country that experience hurricanes and tornadoes regularly, there have been several incidents in recent years, like large-scale fires, tornadoes and severe weather, ice storms, and flooding, that required shelters.
“Frontier is proud to provide this type of support to the outstanding efforts of the American Red Cross.” said Robert Smith, General Manager of Frontier Communication Rochester West. “We value our commitment to the local community and feel this trailer will serve as a valuable asset for disaster relief in Livingston County.”
An unveiling of the trailer takes place on August 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Livingston County Emergency Management Services Headquarters at Hampton Corners in the town of Groveland, which can be reached from the north by traveling I-390 south to Exit 7. The EMS building is at the corner of routes 63 and 408.