On June 1, MedShare’s Southeast Regional Distribution Center shipped out a tractor-trailer of medical supplies for disaster relief in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was hit hard by a massive tornado system in late April. At last count the tornado has been blamed for over 238 deaths in Alabama, 41 of which occurred in Tuscaloosa County, according to the most recent report from the State of Alabama Emergency Management Agency. President Obama declared a State of emergency for Alabama on April 29. Needless to say, relief supplies are still desperately needed to treat the victims.
The shipment from MedShare currently on its way to Tuscaloosa is carrying over 750 boxes of medical supplies such as bandages, gauze, exam gloves, iodine, medical tape, syringes, IV sets, medicated alcohol pads, and endotracheal tubes, which were generously donated by our medical product manufacturing donors SciVolutions, Inc. and Covidien. The supplies will be used by the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments which is currently providing some of the only medical care to the tornado victims in Tuscaloosa. Ten of the AAVFD’s 16 medical stations were destroyed in the storm.
Special thanks to Kim Burgo at Catholic Health Charities for facilitating this project!