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    Brookshire Brothers Loans Facility to House Emergency Supplies

    The 2008 hurricane season has brought challenges to grocers and opportunities to help others.

    Brookshire Brothers said it has offered its Lufkin, Texas reclaim center facility to the federal government for the stockpiling of emergency preparedness supplies Luf When was chosen as one of two resource staging areas (RSAs) in the state of Texas,.

    The warehouse is filled with 381,000 MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), cots, blankets, comfort kits, and plenty of water, which can be shipped at a moment's notice to areas affected by severe storms or hurricanes. The RSA in Lufkin was manned around the clock when Hurricane Gustav roared ashore, and is now gearing up for approaching Hurricane Ike.

    "We stored and distributed essentials during Hurricane Rita and we're ready again," said Randy Boyd, safety director for Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers.

    The employee-owned grocery chain operates more than 70 stores in Texas and Louisiana.

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