ATA: Mississippi relief runs require 20 dry vans daily

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According to the American Trucking Associations, 20 dry vans are needed daily to deliver presorted relief supplies from Jackson, Miss., to damaged areas along the Gulf Coast.

ATA’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort team is working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Administration.

MEMA is operating the truck deliveries from a 17-door warehouse. Destination sites are manned with unloading crews and/or forklifts.

Carriers wanting to help make in-state deliveries should contact MEMA volunteer coordinator Blake Wilson at the Mississippi Chamber of Commerce, 800-748-7626, or on his cell phone at 601-940-2877.

Carriers with relief supplies to be delivered to Mississippi also should contact the Mississippi volunteer hotline, 866-230-8903, to exchange information and to receive instructions.

Also assisting is the Mississippi Trucking Association, based in Jackson. Carriers and organizations can contact Steve Boudreax at 601-354-0616 to coordinate assistance. Boudreax can direct potential volunteers to smaller locales where aid is needed.

ATA members should monitor the Katrina Relief Effort page at for updates.