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Local non-profit prepares to send aid to areas that could be damaged by Dorian

Posted at 5:15 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 19:22:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A local non-profit is on standby to send life-changing aid to potential victims of the destructive force of Hurricane Dorian.

Hope Force International staff packed two trailers full of tools and supplies to help people rebuild their homes in the case of a disaster.

The group was founded in 2003 and has spent the past 16 years responding to areas with hurricane damage.

After arriving to an area, the staff and volunteer can set up a headquarters that is not reliant on local resources. That way, they’re not a drain on local first responders trying to help people who were impacted by the storm.

“We need to come self sufficient,” said Jack Minton, cofounder of Hope Force. “So, we're not a drain on local resources. So, we'll come with our own water, our own food. Ideally, we find a local partner, whether it be civic or in the church sector or business or whatever it might be, to host us. We just need floor space and a place to set up."

Hope Force has 2,500 reservists it can call on to volunteer in Florida.

Everyone is in call right now, but if the storm causes any damage, the group will have trailers located in South Carolina so they can get to impacted areas quickly.