Keelser Exchange associates unload a trailer of emergency supplies in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen.
Keelser Exchange associates unload a trailer of emergency supplies in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen.

In anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen, slated to hit the Gulf Coast Sunday morning, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is ensuring that those in the storm's path have the essentials both before and after the event.

The Keesler, Eglin and Tyndall Exchanges each received a 53-foot trailer full of emergency equipment and supplies on Friday with items such as water, gas cans, diapers, hand sanitizer, tarps and first aid kits, among others.

"This is standard operating procedure for the Exchange whenever severe storms threaten," said the Exchange's Chief of Staff Col. Tom Ockenfels. "Whether it is disaster relief, a contingency or a government shutdown, the Exchange stands ready to answer the call and ensure that service members and their families have what they need."

An additional trailer is scheduled to arrive with reinforcements on Saturday morning, weather permitting.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or wardchr@aafes.com.

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