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Remote Area Medical rescues 77 people, 14 dogs in Houston disaster

RAM in Rockford, TN is sending thousands of bottles of water to Houston. Image courtesy of RAM.

ROCKFORD, TN – Remote Area Medical-RAM™ continues to provide help in the hurricane aftermath of the Houston, Texas area. RAM Core Volunteers, equipped with flat-bottom boats have rescued 77 individuals from the water, including 2 infants and 14 dogs. RAM’s efforts are focused on the Humble, Texas area, just northeast of Houston.

RAM’s first two truckloads of supplies arrived at 9:30 p.m. central time Tuesday night with a third semi-truckload departing Wednesday afternoon, expected to arrive Thursday evening. Included in the shipments were: 22,000 bottles of water; 7 pallets of diapers; 6 pallets of hygiene supplies, totaling thousands of bottles of shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant and shaving cream, feminine hygiene items, and medical and first-aid items; 200 blankets and over 172 sleeping bags; 120 bags of dog food; 200 air mattresses; and 1,800 ready to eat meals. These numbers will increase as RAM trucks continue to transport needed supplies from Headquarters in Rockford, TN.

More than 200 people have registered to volunteer with RAM as coordinators work to process the greatest needs and best uses over the coming weeks. “The damage and destruction caused by this hurricane is the worst we’ve seen in more than a decade,” said RAM Founder and President Stan Brock. “RAM’s Disaster Relief Team and volunteers are in Texas helping our friends who have been displaced by this natural disaster. In addition, our trucks continue to transport supplies for the hurricane victims who need them so badly right now.”

There is currently a waiting list for volunteers. Those interested in signing up can go to Volunteers who own flat bottom boats or vehicles capable of operation in high-water areas can call 865-579-1530 or 865-579-2555. Volunteers will need to bring tents, sleeping bags, food and supplies for the duration of their time volunteering. Volunteers will be responsible for all of their travel expenses. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have corresponded with a RAM volunteer representative and they have specifically instructed you to move forward with plans.

RAM Headquarters will also be accepting drop-off donations at 2200 Stock Creek Blvd., Rockford, TN 37853. The following, high-demand items are needed for families who have been displaced and affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can also make a monetary donation at Apply the donation to “Disaster Response and Relief.” TEXT “RAMRELIEF” to 501-55 to make a donation via text message. To schedule a skype interview or phone call for media purposes with Mr. Brock or one of our core volunteers in Houston, Texas, email or call 865-862-5907. For more information about RAM’s Disaster Relief Response please visit To volunteer email or call 865-579-1530.

• Plastic Totes
• Bleach
• Flashlights/ Batteries
• Mops/ Brooms/ Shovels
• Baby Diapers
• Water
• Gatorade
• Dog Food/ Cat Food
• Hygiene Items

Published August 31, 2017

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