All eyes are on Hurricane Florence, as the east coast braces for what could be a category 4 or 5 hurricane, making landfall by Thursday evening or Friday morning.
Volunteers from Cajun Navy Relief say they’re heading wherever help is needed to assist first responders.
The group is the original Cajun Navy organization that formed right after Hurricane Katrina, according to the group’s co-founder Damien Callais. He says they have members from all over the state of Louisiana, and even in other parts of the country.
On Wednesday night, the Cajun Navy Relief group will send out maybe a dozen of their highly skilled ‘Pathfinder team’ to areas that could see the impact from Hurricane Florence.
“So we’re going to send them ahead of time to kind of assess the need. Then what we’re going to do, is then dispatch out to those specific places of need,” said Callais.
He says that every night the group’s leadership has been in contact with each other, as well as reaching out to government agencies in the states that could be hit by the major hurricane.
“Each day we’re trying to find out more and more, and trying to find a clear path. And not only that, but where we’re going to stage our stuff, where we’re going to send people too,” said Callais.
After Florence hits, then the organization will dispatch their group members with their boats if rescues are needed, once they find out where their services are most needed.
Callais says that the Cajun Navy Relief is a great example of what America should be like.
“When you’re out rescuing somebody, it doesn’t matter if you’re Democrat or Republican, it doesn’t matter what your skin color is, it doesn’t matter what you’re religious affiliation is. It’s human nature for us to love each other,” he said.
Callais says it’s funny how God uses natural disasters to bring people together and to put aside our differences.
“And I think at the end of the day, the Cajun Navy is just a great example of that. And we’re getting ready now, to go down there and help our neighbors out in the wake of Florence,” said Callais.
To learn more about how you can join the group, or find out more information about the group, visit this link.