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Kentucky Disaster Relief teams standing ready to deploy if needed on East Coast in wake of Dorian

By Mark Maynard
Kentucky Today

Kentucky Disaster Relief teams with dozens of volunteers are at the ready to respond, if needed, to dangerous Hurricane Dorian as it makes its path up the Eastern seaboard.

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Director Coy Webb said teams are ready to deploy if needed in response to Hurricane Dorian. (Photo by Brandon Porter, Kentucky Today)

Kentucky DR Director Coy Webb said response units are committed to remain on standby through Saturday at noon. Teams were scheduled to deploy Wednesday but now could be sent out through Saturday on a 16-hour notification.

Here are the response units on standby:

1 mobile kitchen (25000 meal capacity) or small kitchen with capacity of 2000 meals

• 1 mobile shower unit – 6 stalls
2 chainsaw/flood recovery units

• 1 tarping unit
2 recovery cleanup tractors

• 2 chaplain teams 
• 1 IMT team

• 89 feeding and recovery volunteers

Webb said it was unlikely they would be called to Florida but could be needed in Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina.

After pummeling the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian is slowly moving up the eastern shore and is currently a Category 2 hurricane. It remains just off the coast of Florida moving in a northeast trajectory.

“It is causing some flooding and wind damage along the coast of Florida with some storm surge,” Webb said.  “Damage is not significant to warrant needing our teams.”

Webb said the warm waters near the shore could ramp up the storm again and its trajectory could cause it to slam northern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina coastal areas.

Should it hit North Carolina by Friday, he said they will know if teams needed to be deployed.

“Continue to pray that we will not be needed,” Webb said.

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