50 tons of relief supplies for earthquake victims in Croatia

ELECTROSTAR/starmix provides DRK with storage space for collection campaign.

Stuttgart/Ebersbach, 21.06.2021   ELECTROSTAR/starmix provided the German Red Cross (DRK) with the old factory building in Reichenbach an der Fils as a storage area for the collection of relief supplies for the victims of the earthquake in Croatia at the end of 2020. Thus, 50 tons of relief supplies could be collected on 200 square meters of storage space.

23 helpers, three days, about 30,000 kilometers, seven trucks and three escort vehicles were ultimately needed to bring the aid shipment to the areas in Croatia affected by the 2020 earthquake. However, in order for this to become a reality in the first place, a storage place for the collection campaign had to be found in advance. Roman Gorovoy, CEO of ELCTROSTAR/starmix made the old factory building in Reichenbach an der Fils available to the DRK for this purpose. Sanitary goods such as hospital beds, wheelchairs as well as walking frames and building materials could be temporarily stored there from March to May.

"The willing and uncomplicated cooperation with ELECTROSTAR/starmix helped us to be able to provide practical help quickly," says Martin Kuhn, deputy district director of the DRK in Esslingen.

In addition to the pure storage space, the remaining office furniture was also available. Thus, several folding tables and a specially extended kitchenette from starmix found their way to Croatia. The total of 50 tons of collected relief goods benefited public institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and institutions for the disabled as well as individual communities whose inhabitants were particularly affected by the earthquake damage.

The December 2020 quake occurred a few hours after an initial tremor near Zagreb and had a magnitude of 6.4, particularly affecting areas of the country far from tourist areas. The epicenter was in the small town of Petrinja, which was almost completely destroyed. Surrounding hospitals also suffered severe damage. Immediately after the quake and again in January, the DRK team from the Esslingen district traveled to Croatia to provide emergency aid and transport relief supplies.

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