FEBRUARY 15, 2007 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - The American Red Cross has opened a disaster field supply center at Pine Bluff.
The center is one of 30 in the United States and the only one in Arkansas. The supply center will serve as a point of relief for disasters in Arkansas, and can respond to national requests for help within 24 hours. The Pine Bluff center also can respond to requests for international assistance.
The center was officially opened yesterday.
George Makris of M-K Distributors Incorporated donated the 28,000-square-foot warehouse to the organization.
The facility was first used by the American Red Cross in 2005 when Pine Bluff was among cities that offered assistance to Hurricane Katrina survivors.