When the wind and rain from Hurricane Aida struck Louisiana on Sunday, North Texas volunteers drove a car and were ready to help with rescue operations and tidying up.
McKinney’s non-profit organization, Minuteman Disaster Response, which serves Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana before, during, and after a disaster, sent its crew to Button Rouge on Sunday.
“Our team is ready. This is what we have all year round. So it’s certainly not a surprise to us that it might be a surprise to some people.” Secretary-General Matt Payne said.
He said 10 crew members left early Sunday to support water rescue operations, emergency communications and drone work.
“This is another opportunity to serve people. Sure, I don’t want to see people harmed or damaged property. I hope it does, but if not. I’ll help you as much as I can, “Pain said.
After last year’s hurricanes “Delta” and “Laura,” the group deployed to help.
“So we’ve definitely seen the devastation that a big hurricane could bring to southeastern Louisiana, and we’ll be part of it and we’ll be there to help people in the next few days,” Pain said. Told.
Many evacuated Louisiana before Hurricane Aida, but others decided to wait for Louisiana at a shelter just outside the path of the storm. NBC5’s Meredith Yeomans and Telemundo 39’s Rodolfo Maya report from Baton Rouge.
According to Payne, the group stopped in the Lake Charles area that night, but will head to Baton Rouge to check in at the state’s fire department. They inspect their boats and equipment and are assigned where to help.
Once on the ground and acting, they tend to need more help, so they tend to help volunteer fire departments or areas with smaller departments.
“Often these departments are understaffed and underfunded. That’s the heart of our organization. It’s about supporting these communities. We’re really looking at small communities that are forgotten. So we go to help, “says Payne.
He has two inflatable boats, a 53-foot incident command post, a 30-foot shower and toilet trailer, and a 46-foot response trailer with an operations center equipped with search gear, drones, and communications equipment. Said.
“We are another tool they can use to meet the needs of the community and we are right there to support them,” says Payne.
Minuteman Disaster Response has about 190 volunteers, the majority of whom are the “average people” who want to go out and serve.
Payne said everyone has different levels of training.
This group has been around for 10 years and is constantly in need of community support to give back to others.
“We always say there are three ways you can help,” Pain said. “We hope everyone is willing to give up for volunteers and those affected by the storm. It’s true that donations are a non-profit organization, so we’re working to help donors. It’s a big deal, and the third way is to come out and join us. “