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Local emergency crews en route to help Denver flood victims


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Local emergency crews en route to help Denver flood victims

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Sep 15, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- They only had a one-day notice, but the Salvation Army of Southern Nevada jumped into action.

Their mission is simple: To help Colorado victims who have been displaced and evacuated by the floods.

Salvation Army volunteer Alan Robinson said, "I just knew when they called me to get this thing ready, and say are you willing to go, I said yes I am."

Robinson is part of a 4-person Emergency Disaster Team who will trek to Colorado, not by car, but by a huge mobile unit.

He says their truck, "Is responsible for being able to produce 1,200 meals from scratch a day. It's basically a glorified roach coach."

Robinson gave Action News a tour of the state-of-the-art kitchen-on-wheels. All of the food and supplies on board were donated.

Once packed up, the team was ready to go. The two-vehicle caravan is taking off for an 11-hour journey and they hope to be in Colorado by Monday afternoon.

Team leader Julie Feist said her team will be deployed for no more than 14 days. According to Feist, "One of the unique things about the Salvation Army, when you give to a disaster, 100 percent of that goes to the disaster."

They won't know where they will be needed most, until they arrive. But the chance to lend a helping hand, is well worth the trip.

Robinson said, "It is an honor and very rewarding to help anyone in need. I'm thankful that I have the skills and taken courses necessary to be eligible for this."

If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army, call (702) 870-4430 or click here.