Ram brand proudly announced on May 28 that Ram truck owners from near and around Moore, Okla. spent their Memorial Day weekend working with First Response Team of America delivering supplies and assistance to the disaster-torn neighborhoods struck by an EF5 tornado a week ago.
Ram brand is a supporter of the First Response Team of America, providing them Ram heavy duty trucks to augment their disaster response and recovery vehicle fleet which has been responding to these kind of disasters since before the Joplin, Mo. tornado over a year ago.
Ram owners also responded at Joplin bringing in tools and helping with cleanup – coordinating with Tag Agoglia and his First Response Team of America in their efforts to get people back on their feet following that disaster.
The 2013 Memorial Day weekend started at the Norman Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealership where 18 Ram truck owners and area volunteers unloaded a Valrico semi full of supplies into the owner’s Ram pickup beds.
Tad Agoglia, founder of First Response Team of America, directed the effort and led the Ram truck caravan into Moore where they distributed supplies, weaving their way through the destruction.
First Response Team of America, still on site helping with cleanup, had responded at Moore, Okla. within two hours of the storm hitting last week, rolling up to the Plaza Towers elementary school site and immediately providing heavy equipment, cutting tools and lighting to the rescuers looking for children still missing in the rubble of the school.
In those first few hours, people stunned and dazed by the enormity of the disaster that has just befallen their community, look at the devastation and just do not know where or how to start getting their lives back together.
Tad knows the importance of a dedicated professional team, properly equipped and trained, to arrive in those first few hours and begin to make things happen for the community and the victims.
“People in these destroyed communities need to see help right away arriving right away”, according to Tad. “They need to see a capable and trained team with the right equipment arriving to do heavy lifting and making a difference in those first few hours without any expectation from them in return.”
“When the First Response Team arrives in that first 24 hours and starts clearing key roads and removing rubble, assisting in search and rescue, setting up our emergency lights and our generators begin to power rescue equipment and shelters, the hope begins to return to the community” says Tad. “We see it in their eyes and in their faces as they begin to realize that the sun will come up tomorrow”.
Tad also knows the importance of providing assistance for as long as needed following and getting people, particularly those without insurance or other resources, getting their rubble cleared and valuables recovered.
The relationship between First Response Team of America , Ram brand and Ram truck owners is important to that effort.
“Ram truck owners are people who provide for their families and country in a variety of ways,” said Fernando Arzola, Ram Advocate Manager, Chrysler Southwest Business Center. “It is in their DNA to help their neighbors when disaster strikes.”
Just before Memorial Day, The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, announced that it was providing $100,000 to First Response Team of America in support of their work in Moore.
Watch this video from the Weather Channel of the First Response Team at work in Moore. www.weather.com/video/returning-home-to-rubble-36933