Local disaster response team heading to Colorado
A local disaster response team was sent to Colorado to assist with efforts to fight a massive wildfire. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Crews in Colorado are getting some help from here a local disaster response team from the Salvation Army.
Kevin Whalen has seen the pictures from the Colorado Springs area, but still wasn't sure what he was in for when Action News talked to him Thursday morning.
"I think with any disaster, you don't know what to expect," Whalen said. "Chaos is one word I keep in mind, and obviously we're trying to create order."
Thousands of Colorado residents have been evacuated from their homes. They don't know when they'll be able to return, or if anything will be left when they do.
Kevin and the other Salvation Army staff members from Clark County say those are the people they're hoping to help most.
"Whether it's feeding meals, offering spiritual counsel, or just being available, that's what we're about iwith the Salvation Army," Kevin said.
They're taking their emergency canteen, a vehicle they bought after Hurricane Katrina.
"We can serve 1200 meals a dey with this, this is full capacity," Kevin said.
They will be gone at least 10 days, possibly longer. But the local team isn't worried about that. They've responded to fires like this around the west before.
"I learned a valuable lesson in life going to last year's fire. If we sit back and don't become available, people continue to be in need, whether that's hunger, in a fire, any disaster."