Vandalia Disaster Response Team readies for Hurricane Florence

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VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – With Hurricane Florence making landfall on Friday, more volunteers are preparing to help with relief efforts. Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team out of the Miami Valley plans to head out Saturday.

Laura Cremeans and the organization spent the last five days packing up seven trailers that will head to the Carolinas. Cremeans has years 26 years experience responding to disaster areas.

“It’s a lot of work that’s for sure but thankfully we’ve had a lot of volunteers that have helped us get it all together. We do it with every large disaster like this,” Cremeans said.

Once at their location, she will be joined by volunteers for other Churches of Christ from across the country.

“They work on people’s property and then also we work on rebuilding for those that don’t have insurance,” Cremeans said. 

She said the Churches of Christ’s Disaster Response Team has a good system in place that allows their operations to run smoothly. Cremeans expects to be away for months. Once at their location, it’s grueling work but in the end, all worth it to help people re-building their homes and their lives.

“They got kind of a blank look in their eye because they don’t feel like they have any hope you start to see them brighten up a little bit,” Cremeans said.

More volunteers are still needed to help run the team’s mobile food pantry. Click here to register to volunteer. 

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