UPDATE August 29, 2017: Crews with Remote Area Medical have arrived in Texas to help provide relief to hurricane victims, and even more help is on the way.
Two very large trucks left Monday night full of supplies and made the more than 10 hour trip down to Houston. They are providing ready-to-eat meals, medical supplies, and water to evacuees inside one of the city's largest shelters.
East Tennessee-based Remote Area Medical and its Disaster Relief Team are heading to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
“It’s beginning to look like Katrina revisited and Hurricane Harvey is wreaking havoc down there in the Houston area at the moment," said RAM Founder and President Stan Brock.
The group, known for providing free medical care for people in need around the world, is looking for volunteer doctors, nurses, veterinarians, EMT's, paramedics, truck drivers and general support volunteers. People with flat bottom boats or vehicles that can operate in high water areas are also needed in the flooded areas in and around Houston.
"We need supplies, we need money, we need to be sending more and more trucks down there and we need to be sending more and more boats down there so if you have boats, supplies, money, because all of this costs money in terms of fuel for trucks and so forth, get in touch with us at Remote Area Medical," Brock said.
Volunteers are responsible for their own travel expenses, and will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, food and supplies for the duration of their time volunteering.
“The damage and destruction caused by this hurricane is the worst we’ve seen in more than a decade,” said Brock. “RAM’s Disaster Relief Team is gearing up to help our friends in Texas who have been displaced by this natural disaster. We are confident our Corps of Volunteers will respond and help out in any way possible.”
To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-579-1530.
RAM will also be accepting the following types of donations at its headquarters, located at 2200 Stock Creek Blvd., Rockford, TN 37853,
• Plastic Totes
• Flashlights/ Batteries
• Mops/ Brooms/ Shovels
• Baby Diapers
• Dog Food/ Cat Food
• Hygiene Items
You can also make a monetary donation at ramusa.org/donate. Apply the donation to “Disaster Response and Relief.”