York's Bailey Coach heads to Texas to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
- Bailey said he's taking donations until 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at 55 S. Fayette St.
John Bailey, owner of York-based Bailey Coach Trailways, said he's been called upon by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief.
The family-owned and -operated charter business has been a certified vendor for FEMA to help with transportation in times of need during major weather-related destruction, according to the business's website.
Bailey left York about 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, with 60,000 pounds of bottled water, canned food and clothes to assist Texans hit by Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and continues to pummel the area as a tropical storm.
"This is our third or fourth hurricane that we've done," Bailey said. He said he received the "go-ahead" after 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, but he was notified of FEMA's request at 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.
Bailey said, as of Monday morning, he had 25 cases of water in stock.
"We'd be happy to take any canned food or bottled water," he said.
Bailey said he and two other drivers planned to depart for San Antonio, Texas, at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28. Two of the vehicles are standard-seating, 55-passenger coaches, and one coach has a wheelchair lift.
Following a staging-area inspection, Bailey explained, the three drivers will be dispatched with National Guard personnel on board.
"We don't go anywhere without National Guardsmen," he said. "We could be picking up people and taking them to evacuation sites. It's hard to say."
Bailey said he and the drivers would travel 12 hours Monday and another 12 hours Tuesday, Aug. 29, "about the time when the rain is supposed to stop."
Fourteen local volunteers also have been deployed by the American Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania to areas near the Gulf Coast, according to regional spokeswoman Kim Maiolo.
Of the 14 on-the-ground volunteers, two are from the South Central Chapter of the Red Cross, which consists of York, Franklin, Adams and Fulton counties.
Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the amount of supplies sent to Texas on Bailey Coach buses.