Update: Originally we serviced in the capacity of rescue and flood prevention response from SEP 14 to SEP 22nd (with two days of prep before. Now we are planning a course of action to resume operations in a combined light rescue and supply mission. We plan to take needed supplies to evacuees and where needed, we will do light (low water-under 6 ft) rescues with rafts and rescue lines/ tubes and vests. We foresee this mission going into the holidays and request help from mission partners.
We are a veteran response team in Wilmington, New Bern and Jacksonville after Hurricane Florence that has been on the scene since 09/13/18. Flood waters continue to rise and are doing major structural, road and sewer damage across North and South Carolina and hundreds of people still need rescued. Tens of thousands have also lost power. Many city officials have limited resources, so our veteran team is one of many volunteer groups. The state is still under a State of Emergency.
Our project is to clear roads and stabilize situations. We are also first response for any one in distress until EMS or police can arrive. Our main project is clearing flow-ways for excess water to run away from streets and into sewers/ creeks. As well we bring trucks of supplies, as we can afford them or have items donated, into evacuation hubs.
By giving the water a place to escape we will help foundations of structures remain in tact and streams to flow normally. This will help people save their homes and businesses to avoid collapsing. (though we are not doing roof work). We will also be able to give life saving temporary supplies and triage to anyone in need until EMS or police arrive.