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Providing Emergency Meals for Hurricane Victims - During a Hurricane!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 11, 2017 2:45:37 PM

Supply distribution point in Key West, FLShane Vansant (right) and Joshua Howard hand out food to Hurricane Irma survivors at a supply
distribution point in Key West, Florida on Monday, September 18, 2017. Photo by J.T. Blatty/FEMA

GA Foods was recently honored to serve those in need by providing disaster relief meal kits for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We drew from our 15 years of disaster relief experience to supply nearly 7,000,000 meals in 21 days to those in need - all while Hurricane Irma was nearing direct landfall in St. Petersburg, FL where the company is headquartered and emergency relief efforts are centered! 

But these extreme weather events did not hinder our employees' efforts. Many worked 12-hour days for 20 consecutive days in order to maintain a steady flow of life-saving foods to some of the most devastated regions, and continued to provide uninterrupted service to the people in need that we regularly serve...all while battling hardships of their own caused by Irma. 

It would be hard to find a better opportunity for us to live our core values - commitment, teamwork, and touching lives - than responding to those enduring the devastation of our latest storms while continuing to serve those in our regular care without disruption. GA Foods is honored to be able to serve those in need.

Disaster Relief Operations

GA Foods is one of the largest providers of emergency meals. To ensure a rapid and successful response to a disaster, GA Foods has implemented the following:

  • Four facilities with assembly lines available for disaster relief production
  • Vendor agreements to ensure adequate supply chain
  • A 30,000 square foot facility dedicated exclusively to disaster response and ready for immediate use
  • Tested and proven inbound and outbound logistics plan

3rd-Floor-Emergency-Line.png GA Foods' 30,000 square foot facility is dedicated to emergency response production.

We are GA Foods. We touch lives. We are committed to working as one team, united by a sense of ownership and guided by integrity and earned trust.

 

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Topics: Military, Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster, Hurricane Relief

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Summer's Weather Hazards

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Jun 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Road_Closed_LR.jpgThe Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1. According to forecasters at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there will be another above-normal hurricane season this year. The forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes, including 2 to 4 major hurricanes.

Even without the threat of hurricanes, summer’s weather hazards include tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, and flooding. Now is the time to start preparing for inclement weather. Here are some tips to get you started:

Make a Family Emergency Plan

FEMA has a great basic plan to get you started. Have an out-of-town contact for your family members to call; it is easier to reach someone out of town. Arrange a meeting place in case you are separated. If you have school-aged children, include their schools’ contact information in your plan.

Stock Up on Shelf-Stable Meals

Stock up on canned items (or any foods with long shelf lives that can be kept in the pantry) and paper goods (no one wants to run out of toilet paper during an emergency!)

If you or a family member is disabled or a senior, look for a meal delivery program. These programs will deliver meals to you, even in bad weather. Select a program that provides shelf-stable meals to use as emergency food, in the event of severe weather, when roads are closed and 
delivery trucks can’t get through. (For more tips in selecting a home-delivered meals company, download this ebook.)

Emergency Supply Kit

Make sure to have at least a 7-day supply of you and your family’s medications. Keep a list of all medications along with dose, frequency, and contact information for the prescribing doctor, as well as write the name and phone number for your pharmacy. If you are a caregiver for a senior, keep the same list for their medications and pharmacy. It is also a good idea to keep back-ups of wheel chair batteries, oxygen, and other medical devices on hand. Include the information for those items on the back of the medications list.

If you have pets, stock up on food and medicine for your animals. Include your veterinarian’s contact information in your emergency plan. Make sure pets wear ID tags that include your cell phone number. If you get evacuated, take your pets with you.

Depending on the area you live, some other disaster preparedness items that might be helpful are a flashlight and a battery-operated radio with extra batteries for both!

Click here for an emergency preparedness checklist.

 

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Topics: Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness, Shelf-Stable Meals

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