San Diego first responders, companies lending hand to Hurricane Florence relief

Posted at 6:43 PM, Sep 14, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — As thousands of evacuees wait to return to their homes in the southeastern part of the country, a San Diego based company is offering some relief.

International Relief Teams has ordered ready-to-eat meals for those hit by the storm. Each bag contains a three-course meal that includes a chicken, beef or vegetarian option. The meals can be heated up with a flameless heater, which is already attached to the packaging. 

“These ready to eat meals will be vital for their continued survival,” says Executive Director Barry LaForgia.

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International Relief Teams has 5,400 meals in Florida. They will be transported to North Carolina or South Carolina once the storm passes. 

The company has delivered more than $1.3 million in aid to victims of previous storms, like Hurricane Harvey, Maria, and Irma. 

Not only are San Diego companies stepping up, but of course, first responders as well.

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Captain Robert Rezende is a part of the San Diego Fire Hazmat Team. He is currently working with FEMA by tracking potentially contaminated areas as a result of the storm. 

“Any time that there is flood waters there is always what we call a contaminated environment,” says Rezende. At least 30 inches of rain is expected in some areas.

Rezende says his vigorous training with the San Diego Fire Department, and the state of California, has prepared him to assist FEMA. 

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Natural disasters also bring back memories for his family.

“My parents live in Florida, they live in Naples which was hit very hard last year by Irma,” says Rezende. “So I understand the concerns, the best thing I can say is we have the best people on this.”