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Thursday, April 24, 2014

USCG helps transport emergency humanitarian supplies to Saipan

The crew of the USCGC Sequoia led by commanding officer Jessica Worst and First Lt. Richard Keefauver are joined by Greg M. Villagomez, Operations Supervisor-Saipan Stevedore; John Hirsh, executive director, NMI Red Cross; Paul Camacho, Emergency Services director, Red Cross; and Wayne Gillespie, VOAD chairman. (Contributed Photo) The U.S. Coast Guard provided ocean transportation from Guam to Saipan for 18 pallets of Humanitarian Daily Rations (HDR’s) for distribution by the CNMI Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD.

“We are grateful to the USCGC Sequoia and its crew for helping us provide additional food assistance to those in need here the CNMI,” said Pastor Wayne Gillespie of the Salvation Army and chairman of the local VOAD. “These food products will be given out at no cost to homeless and others who need additional food assistance.”

Several partner agencies provided help with the access and movement of these supplies from Guam, including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense, Triple B Forwarders, CTSI, Commonwealth Ports Authority, and Saipan Stevedore. Special thanks to Marcelo Esperon, FEMA, Distribution Center GUAM, and Roy N. Tsutsui, Joint Region Marianas. For more information about these supplies contact the VOAD through the Red Cross as 234-3459. (ARC)

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