ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — The American Red Cross is set to open the nation’s largest disaster supplies warehouse in Arlington capable of supporting up to 100,000 Americans.

Mayor Robert Cluck and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will be on hand Wednesday to officially open the 174,000 square foot “Disaster Field Supply Center”.

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The facility will store thousands of cots, blankets, hygiene items, clean-up kits, coolers and cooking supplies needed to serve the masses in the aftermath of a disaster.

“We couldn’t be happier to have this new national warehouse in the center of the Metroplex,” said T.D. Smyers, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “From this strategic location along a major interstate, Red Cross teams will be able to quickly move supplies whenever and wherever they’re needed across America.”

The Arlington facility is the fifth such supply center in the country. Others are located in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Missouri, and Nevada.

The center will also host blood drives, CPR and First Aid courses, and serve as the home base for a new “Disaster Action Team” that will respond to emergencies in Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale and Grand Prairie.

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The facility will be located at 4925 New York Avenue. Tours are available between 9:30 a.m. and noon.

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