Local responders head to help Hurricane Matthew victims

Bill Capo talks to agencies sending personnel to areas expected to be hit by Hurricane Matthew.

NEW ORLEANS -- Local responders are taking their expertise on the road, heading out to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.
 
The Salvation Army prepared two canteen trucks to head to the Hurricane Matthew impact zone.
 
"The Salvation Army folks in Atlanta, who we report to are calling this something, a storm to behold," said Major David Worthy. "We have all our resources, Salvation Army resources from Virginia to Texas."
 
Canteen trucks are ready to provide meals to hurricane victims.
 
"It's very important because I remember a lot of people helped my family," said Isaiah Adams, preparing to head to Florida.
 
Others agreed members of the local area have had lot of experiences dealing with storms like this.
 
"This community knows what the Salvation Army did after Katrina, but when disaster strikes, the Salvation Army wants to be there to impact people at the very point of need," said Major Worthy.
 
Entergy sent 300 repairmen from its various offices, including 120 from New Orleans.
 
"A category four could leave people without lights for days or weeks, so they went prepared for up to 10 days to work, but if they need to stay longer, they'll stay longer," explained Entergy's Kacee Kirschvink.
 
Utility companies agree to help each other after disasters, and the linemen are critically needed.
 
"A lot of people don't think of them as emergency responders, but that's exactly what they are," Kirschvink said.
 
At City Hall, emergency managers are closely watching Matthew. There have been no calls yet, but first responders are ready to go if needed.
 
"We 're ready to open up a little over 100 shelters across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina," Red Cross spokesman Greg Roques said.
 
500 Red Cross workers are mobilizing, including eight from New Orleans, and the agency urges those with relatives in the hurricane zone to get in touch with them today.
 
"Find out what their emergency strategy is," Roques said. "Are they evacuating, where are they going, and make plans to touch base after the storm."
 

(© 2016 WWL)


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