Red Cross Distribution Center In Reno Waits For Call

"This is the army style cot, they are big. There's the football, the zebra toy. These are 20 by 30 tarps,” says Roy Jensen.

Jensen is happy to show you all the gear and equipment he has ready at a moment's notice.

He runs the west coast distribution center for the American Red Cross in Reno--
All 130,000square feet of it.

These past few days Jensen says he's been waiting for the call from back east asking for help.

“I can put 25-30,000 people on a cot out of this building alone,” says Jensen.

He says the center has helped in disasters all along the west coast where supplies can be just about anywhere in 11 hours.

But with the demand so great in the areas hit by hurricane Sandy, it would not be unusual he says for this center all the way across the country, to be called upon to help out places like New York City, Hoboken New Jersey, or Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

If the call comes, supplies already packed will be taken off shelves with forklifts and loaded into waiting trucks.

Jensen says equipment could be back on the east coast in 3 days.

“Open your hearts, donate the dollar,” says Jensen.

Make that $9,000,000 one dollars--that's the worth of all the merchandise at the west coast center.
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