Red Cross of the South Plains on standby to help with Hurricane - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red Cross of the South Plains on standby to help with Hurricane Harvey

Lubbock's Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video) Lubbock's Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (source: KCBD video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Red Cross across the state of Texas is preparing to help the communities in the path of Hurricane Harvey, including Red Cross of the South Plains.

Our local chapter has a team on standby, ready to help when they're needed.

Trained volunteers have to be ready to drive the Emergency Response Vehicle to the affected areas within four hours of receiving a call to help.

"Our team is on standby. If the hurricane hits and does cause significant damage and they need backup support, we're that next level. We would be coming down probably early next week with this vehicle," Executive Director Laura Hann said.

Inside of the Emergency Response Vehicle, volunteers are able to fill up red coolers with up to 300 meals and serve those meals right from the truck.

"This vehicle can also serve as a transportation vehicle. We're able to load in entire pallets of materials. They just slide back in here and then we can go into areas and pass out things that are necessary when you're doing storm clean up. So you think about things like bleach to keep the mold down, mops, gloves and those kinds of things," Hann said.

Hann says volunteers are asked to serve for 14 days, with their efforts focused on families trying to pick up the pieces.

"To have somebody drive down the street in a vehicle like this and see you outside cleaning up and you know, they pull over and they say can we give you some stuff to help with cleanup... That really changes that that for that family," Hann said.

Copyright 2017 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Trump tries to cast fresh doubt on Mueller's 'Witch Hunt'

    Trump tries to cast fresh doubt on Mueller's 'Witch Hunt'

    Monday, July 23 2018 2:25 AM EDT2018-07-23 06:25:08 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-07-23 17:21:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

    President Donald Trump has returned to referring to "a big hoax" after a week of drama, back tracking and a double negative about his attitude toward Russian election interference.

    President Donald Trump has returned to referring to "a big hoax" after a week of drama, back tracking and a double negative about his attitude toward Russian election interference.

  • White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump

    White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump

    Monday, July 23 2018 12:35 AM EDT2018-07-23 04:35:01 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-07-23 17:21:43 GMT
    President Donald Trump issued an all-caps warning via Twitter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani overnight. (Source: CNN)President Donald Trump issued an all-caps warning via Twitter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani overnight. (Source: CNN)

    Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

    Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

  • Girl, 10, among 2 dead in Toronto mass shooting, 13 wounded; shooter dead

    Girl, 10, among 2 dead in Toronto mass shooting, 13 wounded; shooter dead

    Sunday, July 22 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-07-23 03:44:54 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 12:48 PM EDT2018-07-23 16:48:36 GMT

    Police have not yet released information on the suspect or a possible motive.

    Police have not yet released information on the suspect or a possible motive.

Powered by Frankly