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Red Cross Opening Disaster Warehouse in Arlington



    Red Cross Opening Disaster Warehouse in Arlington
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    A worker in an American Red Cross Disaster Service vehicle handing out supplies to people after the 1994 earthquake (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)

    The American Red Cross has chosen North Texas for the assistance group's largest U.S. disaster supplies warehouse.

    Red Cross officials on Friday announced the Disaster Field Supply Center in Arlington will have enough items to support up to 100,000 victims.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held next Wednesday at the 174,000-square-foot facility located on New York Avenue.

    “We couldn’t be happier to have this new national warehouse in the center of the Metroplex,” said T.D. Smyers, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “From this strategic location along a major interstate, Red Cross teams will be able to quickly move supplies whenever and wherever they’re needed across America.”

    Spokeswoman Anita Foster said the warehouse will have thousands of cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, cleanup kits, coolers and cooking supplies. The Arlington location will also host blood drives and first aid courses and will become home to a new Disaster Action Team that will respond to local emergencies in Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale and Grand Prairie.

    Similar Red Cross supply centers are in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Missouri and Nevada.

    Officials did not immediately provide additional information on sizes of other Red Cross facilities.