COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
As the tragedy of Hurricane Ian continues to unfold, volunteers with the Convoy of Hope are stationed in the most impacted areas in Florida giving out food, water and supplies to those in need.
Convoy of Hope out of Springfield arrived in Florida a few days ahead of the storm and they have been providing people with food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, and more.
Stacy Lamb, senior director of disaster services with Convoy of Hope, said the group is prepared and will be there as long as people are in need, which could be for several weeks.
"So that's about 900 families that were served yesterday with bags of groceries and water," Lamb said. "Today we served about 400 families and today we actually went into the neighborhoods."
Hurricane Ian is the 31st disaster the organization has responded to this year.
The organization is made up of highly trained volunteers prepared to respond to disasters quickly and effectively.
On Sept. 24, volunteers started preparing ahead of deployment, bagging groceries and preparing response vehicles and supplies and by Sept. 30 the response team touched down in Florida.
"Tomorrow we will have food and water just like we normally do and we'll add in ice for those without power," Lamb said. "We'll bring in dozens of tractor trailers will all kinds of different resources on them over the next few weeks and distribute it all across the area."
In addition to disaster response, Convoy of Hope also helps feed children in need all around the world.
More information on how to volunteer and get involved can be found on the Convoy of Hope's website.