Kentuckiana disaster responders head south to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Local resources dispatched for Matthew

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The magnitude of Hurricane Matthew is being felt right here in Kentuckiana with local people and resources heading south to help with disaster relief. Everything from the American Red Cross to LG & E is sending resources to the states that need it.

It's a sea of red vests, in a sea of disaster, one of the signature sites when the American Red Cross in on the site.  The responders leave their own lives behind in an attempt to save some else's.

"If we didn't do it, who would?", Disaster Responder Jason Ditzler said.

Ditzler, a former Valley Station firefighter, is on his way to Orlando ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Many areas in that part of the state are already stripped of bottled water, as people prepare.

He said when he arrives he'll meet up with a Red Cross team and together they'll start assembling shelters.

"It’s hard but at the same time it’s very rewarding to know that when people have the worst day of their life, the American Red Cross is there to assist them”, Ditzler said.

Kentucky is sending five responders and has four trucks, stocked with supplies, ready to deploy at any given time.

Those responding said they're ready for anything, and they have to be.

Regional Disaster Officer Daniel Wirth said, "You never know what you are going to encounter, every disaster is different, and every response is a little bit different."

Typically, Wirth leads disaster relief in Kentuckiana but Wednesday he's on his way to North Carolina, where the governor has declared a state of emergency, urging millions to prepare for a potential evacuation. But heading into to a place where most are eager to leave, is nothing new for this responder.

"The feeling of being able to help someone, it just, it feels good”, Wirth said.

The Kentucky Red Cross teams are expected to be at their locations by the end of Thursday. LG&E is also sending crews and trucks to Florida to help with restoration during and after the storm.


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