Tipp City disaster response team headed to help with Hurricane Harvey aftermath
TIPP CITY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Texas may be a thousand miles away, but disaster response teams here in the Miami Valley are already mobilizing to help out.
Tuesday morning, a semi full of supplies and other trailers will leave for Portland, Texas. It’s a small community just three hours down the coast from Houston.
Mark Cremeans said the truck will be used to help Hurricane Harvey victims without insurance.
"We try to get as close to the devastated area as we can but this is so big, so spread out," Cremeans said.
Cremeans and his wife Laura started the Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team back in 2004, right before Hurricane Katrina.
"With Katrina we were there for a year and half," Laura Cremeans said.
This backyard operation in Tipp City has hundreds of volunteers and secures donations from all over. Helping them responded to natural disasters throughout the country.
"I think the thing that gets me the most is the hopelessness that people feel," Laura Cremeans said.
In addition to multiple supply trailers, they have one for showers and another for food.
After arriving in Portland volunteers will mobilize, working 18 hour days.
Anything to rebuild, both physically and spiritually.
"As long as we're needed we'll stay," Mark Cremeans said.
Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team is accepting donations.
Here’s a list of items they need:
- Gift cards (especially Walmart/Lowes, etc)
- Mosquito repellent
- Plastic totes with lids
- NEW underwear all sizes
- Heavy Duty Rubber boots
- Heavy Duty Rubber Gloves.
If you'd like to volunteer, check out their website by following this link.