The Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross improved its ability to assist the victims of fires, disasters and other emergencies when it took possession of a new response vehicle donated by American Muslims for Relief, a charitable foundation affiliated with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). About 75 community members joined the board of directors, volunteers and staff of the Loudoun Chapter at a recent ceremony at the ADAMS Center in Sterling to dedicate the vehicle and thank the many members of the Muslim community who raised more than $70,000 to fund the donation of the vehicle.
The Emergency Response Vehicle, or ERV for short, is a key resource used by chapters throughout the country as a mobile operations center or command post for outreach or for conducting interviews in the wake of a disaster. It can be used for search-and-serve feeding options and to transport supplies and equipment to service sites. In between responding to emergencies, the ERV supports training exercises and is a visible reminder of the Red Cross' commitment to the community.
The Loudoun County Chapter of the American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Additional information can be found on the Web site at www.redcross.org/va/loudounco.