As Hurricane Aida approaches the Gulf Coast, Texas organizations are preparing to support relief efforts.
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, is preparing to send four trucks worth of supplies to Louisiana. Partner coordinator Roberta Taylor said the two trucks came from a location in northern Texas and the other trucks arrived from West Virginia.
“Each truck accommodates about 2,000 people,” Taylor said. “It’s usually tarpaulins, usually diapers, hand sanitizers, and of course wipes, cleaning supplies.”
Other supplies include air beds and tents, Taylor said.
“It’s very difficult to think about what will happen, but our prayer is that it doesn’t always happen,” she said. “If so, we are grateful that we are in a position to deal with and help those in need.”
Other organizations, such as Texas Baptist Men, are also ready to assist if needed.
For the past 53 years, the organization has responded to major disasters in Texas and other states. Deputy Secretary-General John Travis Smith said he plans to send at least 75 people to Louisiana on Monday morning.
“Everything we say we go, so unless it collapses completely at the very end, even if it ends in a tropical cyclone … it’s still damaging and probably still going on.” Said Smith. “Depending on whether the storm gets worse, the damage gets worse … probably sending more people. There are literally thousands of standbys right now.”
Like other organizations, Texas Baptist Men are volunteer-led.
“It’s just unbelievable to see people bring in the talent they had in the workforce, whatever it is, and they bring it to help us. It’s It has a big impact, “Smith said. “The hearts of Texas and believers, especially they want to come and help. Just guide them where they need them and it makes the job a lot easier.”
The American Red Cross is preparing.
Approximately 500 trained Red Cross volunteers, including some from the North Texas region, have been mobilized to help open shelters and help those who need to say a safe place when Aida approaches. rice field. According to the organization, trucks are loaded with additional cribs, blanket comfort kits, and about 68,000 ready-to-eat meals arriving in Louisiana and Mississippi on Saturday.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be extensively devastated where there are people who have lost everything, or if it’s just going through a bit of tattered and hurt, but everything is fine,” said a volunteer from the Dallas Red Cross public relations team. Said Michelle Tanner. “Whether it’s just a smile and a hand of help, whether it’s just a hot meal, these you have the opportunity to help others when they really need help It’s one of the great moments of. “
The organizers said donations were most useful during relief efforts.