Bailey Coach activated for Hurricane Irma, seeks truck for Harvey relief efforts

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, in preparation for Hurricane Irma's destruction, have already activated John Bailey, president and owner of York-based Bailey Coach, to help with transportation needs.
  • Bailey received $4,000 toward a $25,000 goal. He's seeking another truck to transport supplies to Harvey victims.

A York County businessman spearheading local relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims is now heading south in anticipation of helping those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

John Bailey, president and owner of York-based Bailey Coach, has been dispatched to a Federal Emergency Management Agency staging area in Orangeburg, South Carolina, as Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane, barrels toward Florida.

There, he'll await instructions from the federal government. Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Bailey Coach is a FEMA-certified vendor that helps with transportation in times of need during major weather-related destruction, according to the business's website. 

Bailey Coach Trailways owner John Bailey takes a call while in the planning stages of sending three coaches to Texas on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Earlier in the day, FEMA contacted the business to see if it could help with transportation during the Texas flooding. Bill Kalina photo

Late last month, FEMA tapped Bailey to send three coaches to Texas, where areas were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. First, though, he organized a drive to fill the buses with supplies, and later he helped coordinate other local relief efforts.

Donations sought: As Bailey is again being utilized to help in a national natural disaster, he is seeking financial donations from the community. He's already received $4,000 toward his $25,000 goal, which would pay for another truck to transport supplies to Texas hurricane victims. 

According to the York County Community Foundation, Bailey, a board member of the nonprofit, sought their help. He said supplies collected by his coach staff and volunteers throughout the week have already filled four trucks. However, he said he has six truckloads of supplies for hurricane victims, but no trucks. 

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The trucks he's currently using were donated by area trucking companies, including Frock Brothers, A&S Kinard and S&H Trucking, the foundation reported. 

Drivers are scheduled to leave for Texas on Friday, Sept. 8. Luggage bays of coaches have been filled with water, food, and hygiene supplies. 

Emergency Relief Fund: In addition to the $4,000 donation, York County Community Foundation reported it established an Emergency Relief Fund to accept charitable financial contributions to pay for the costs of transporting supplies to hurricane victims. 

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by going to Donors can designate their gift to the Emergency Relief Fund. 

All donations will go toward 2017 hurricane relief efforts.