FODAC Supports Kentucky Flood Relief Efforts
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Shipment of Home Medical Equipment Provides Much-Needed Aid to Mobility-Impaired
Stone Mountain GA – (10 August 2015) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in home medical equipment (HME) and supplies to the disabled community, shipped HME to Western Kentucky residents displaced by the recent floods that swept through the region in April and June. Many of these residents had lost everything in the devastation, including the HME vital to their lives, such as wheelchairs canes and walkers. FODAC partnered with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Voluntary Agency Liaison and the Federal Emergency Management’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, to deliver the equipment.
“The residents of these communities have had their entire lives disrupted, losing sometimes not just their belongings, but friends and family members as well,” stated Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “The situation is exacerbated when also coping with mobility impairments. We hope that this shipment of equipment will provide some relief for these people and their families, and help them begin to rebuild their lives.”
The Pass It On Center and Georgia Tech Accessibility Solutions and Research Center (AMAC) helped to connect FEMA Disability Integration Specialists to FODAC to assist with needed items. FODAC quickly responded with a shipment of mobility equipment, including canes, hospital beds, bedside commodes, walkers and wheelchairs. Other equipment, such as CPAP tubing and masks, nebulizers and blood pressure cuffs was also included. The equipment was valued at over $4,000; transportation for the equipment was provided by Verst Group, coordinated through American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN).
“We are grateful for FODAC’s assistance and support for the Commonwealth of Kentucky during this disaster response,” said Michael E. Dossett, director, Kentucky Emergency Management. ”With FODAC’s help and resources, flood survivors were able to replace lost and damaged equipment, and were able to regain independence and reconnect with their communities.”
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.
In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of HME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.
For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit www.fodac.org.
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