NORTH WILKESBORO, NC (WBTV) - Two more specially-designed disaster relief trailers left the Samaritan's Purse Center in North Wilkesboro Tuesday on the way to Texas to help in Hurricane Harvey recovery.
They will join two others that left several days ago and will be followed by a fifth unit in the coming days. The tractor trailers are not bringing supplies to be handed out to victims. Instead, they will be supplying volunteers with the tools they need to kick start the recovery efforts.
"To help the people down there right now," said Tim Haas, Director of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan's Purse.
Haas says a critical need for people in Harvey's wake is to get the first step in rebuilding taken care of. Those affected by the storm's winds may need debris removed. Those hit by the floodwaters need help inside their homes immediately.
Haas says the critical need for those structures is to clear out everything inside down to the studs.
"Drywall, carpeting, and even the subfloor in some cases," he said.
Haas says timing is important. The work needs to be done and the homes need to dry out before "mold, mildew, and bacteria start to grow."
Many homeowners do not have insurance and cannot wait for disaster money to get the job done. Samaritan's Purse has put the call out for volunteers to meet them in Texas and begin work.
Volunteers must register with the organization through its website, samaritanspurse.org.