Red Cross of Lubbock ready to deploy in aftermath of Hurricane M - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red Cross of Lubbock ready to deploy in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Local volunteer Brad Larson inside the Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video) Local volunteer Brad Larson inside the Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video)
A look inside the local Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video) A look inside the local Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video)
Lubbock Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video) Lubbock Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Across the nation, the American Red Cross has 90 Emergency Response Vehicles ready to respond to help out after Hurricane Matthew hits.

And one of those units is right here in Lubbock, as local Red Cross volunteers are prepared to provide assistance.

"I saw first-hand what a disaster can do to people," local Red Cross volunteer Brad Larson said.

It was six years ago, when Brad saw tragedy strike his own family. His in laws house was destroyed by a flood in northeast Iowa.

"My in laws called and asked if we could come and help a couple of days after it happened," Larson said.

That's when Brad saw Red Cross volunteers in an Emergency Response Vehicle jump into action.

"The Red Cross delivered food, a hot meal out of the window. I remember when they got that meal," he said.

It inspired Brad to become a volunteer himself, to help other families get back on their feet.

"Maybe I can help someone get that spark, and get their life back together," he said.

He says the Lubbock Emergency Response Vehicle is ready to be deployed to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew within the next few days.

"We can carry supplies, what we call comfort kits. Clean up kits, cots. A lot of things can be hauled in it," he said.

Volunteers will be ready to offer a warm meal, and help families with their next steps for shelter and medical needs.

"They'll go house by house and keep a record of which houses have been totally destroyed, which ones are partially destroyed. How many people are in the house..."

When severe storms such as Hurricane Matthew leave people feeling lost, volunteers from across the country and right here in Lubbock are ready to come together to provide relief in any way they can, as families work to pick up the pieces.

"If something would happen to us, the same thing would be true. The people in Florida would be ready with their emergency response vehicles and their volunteers to jump in and drive here to help us," Larson said.

The Lubbock Emergency Response Vehicle is prepared to leave at any time, but you can still donate to help in the disaster relief efforts at this website: http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/north-texas/locations/lubbock

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