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GSA Aids in the Hurricane Relief Effort

GSA # 10182
                                                                                                            
September 7, 2005
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson (202) 501-1231
maryalice.johnson@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has been providing supplies and services to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the interagency community in support of the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“Assisting the citizens impacted by Hurricane Katrina is among our nation’s highest priorities,” said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry. “GSA will continue to provide services and resource support to the interagency community so that front-line agencies may focus their activities on assisting citizens and the recovery effort.”

Since August 29, 2005, the U.S. General Services Administration has assisted the interagency community in sourcing the following supplies and services for agencies responding to the crisis:

Product/Service

Quantity

Meals Ready to Eat (MRE)

35,000,000

Jet Fuel, Unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Gasoline

400,000 Gallons

Rental cars

863

All Terrain Vehicles for Urban Search and Rescue Teams

30

Passenger buses for emergency personnel

2

Rental of Recreational Vehicles for emergency responders

50

Ambulances

263

Tractor Trailers

3

Adult and baby diapers/wipes

25,000 cases

Cots

10,000

Bed sheets

114,360

Pillows

109,236

Ice

300 pallets

Mobile kitchens with the capacity to serve 1000 people per day

15

Copiers

9

Folding tables and chairs

800 each

Audio Visual units

5

Satellite phones with equipment

150

GETS cards

353

WPS Wireless Priority Service Requests

1997

Satellite Vehicles

5

Hand washing stations

19

Modular office trailers

26

Material handling equipment (forklift trucks, pallet jacks)

52

Contract labor for operation of mobilization centers and other logistical facilities

60

GSA hotlines are available to federal customers 24/7 in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina allowing them to access information related to buildings, products, services, technology, or other relevant issues.  For Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky the number is: (404) 224-2222; for Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico the number is: (817) 978-2210.  Customers may also send an e-mail to actiongsa@gsa.gov.

GSA supports the National Response Plan (NRP) by providing resources to agencies such as contracting services, building and space, supplies and tools, information technology, telecommunications, transportation, and other services. 

GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public.  In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single “point of entry” to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate.  This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.