Volunteers drop everything and respond to Hurricane Laura
When the team touched down in Lake Charles, Louisiana, they met up with the rest of the team. They were immediately confronted with the devastation that took place. Kurt described the scene as overwhelming. Roofs were blown off, restaurants were collapsed, and roads were impassable. He said, “ As I was driving in, I could start seeing things get worse and worse. When I pulled off the highway I was immediately faced with how bad it was. The most impacting scene that I can’t shake is when we drove past a mobile home park, and the majority of the homes didn’t have roofs. I looked behind me and saw the roofs blown across the highway and wrapped around trees – completely destroyed.”
Using Katadyn water filtration systems the team produced clean water for World Central Kitchen to use for cooking as their team made 10,000 meals a day for members of the community. The team then produced water for residents of Lake Charles and were able to deliver water in a distribution line.
On top of clean water, Amazon provided emergency relief supplies including generators, cases of diapers, and tarps that we were able to distribute.
Being on the first-response team isn’t glamorous, and there are many unknowns. Being a first responder requires resourcefulness, flexibility, and the ability to think creatively. Kurt explained that the best part of being a first responder is problem-solving. The first week on the ground is non-stop problem-solving. This team worked hard to come together to ensure they were producing the cleanest and safest drinking water.
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Pictures provided by Jen Hansard, CEO of Simple Green Smoothies