Hurricane Laura meets Triple G Disaster Relief in the Small Town of Iowa
The small town of Iowa Louisiana has been severely damaged and left overwhelmed from the devastation of hurricane Laura. Many resources have been sent to those affected by this disaster, but the dinner plate doesn’t always make a full circle around the table and more help is needed. Chief Joseph “Scooter” Lewis and the Board members of the local volunteer Fire Department known as IOWA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT have jumped through every hoop necessary to provide the means needed for Triple G Relief to begin feeding his community. We are working hand in hand with the Fire Station to clear room for dining for the community of Iowa (pronounced I-O-WAY) to come and eat wholesome meals. A large portion of community homes and centers have been heavily compromised, and they are living in archaic ways without much potable water or electricity. The Fire department itself is heavily damaged, but rendered just safe enough for the public to come and obtain nutrition. Thankfully Triple G has an extremely capable and diversely skilled volunteer crew equipped for just about any job at hand. Should there be any needed mechanical skills, metal manipulation/ welding, carpentry, and/or official documentation, Triple G is fully prepared to take on any task needed to get the meal sites as safe as possible so they can be up and running for the public.
105 S Thomson Ave, Iowa, LA, USA
Iowa Fire Station One/Triple G Relief Home Base
What is being Served?
The same meals we would serve for any Triple G Catering event is also done in the Disaster Zone. Freshly made meals to keep First Responders and those affected, energized. Of course lots of BBQ and Good Old Country Home Cooking (THE KIND OF COMFORT FOOD NEEDED DURING THESE TIMES)- Chicken fried steak, bacon and eggs, bread at every meal, Mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy, veggies, fruits, salads and much more.
How you can help!
All portions of Triple G Relief are first made possible by the generous donations from the public of which enable the ability for Triple G Relief to travel and serve the communities deviated by disasters. We are an all volunteer based non profit and have stood by that since day one. All proceeds go to the deployment and tools needed to make sure we are able to feed the victims, first responders, military servicemen and volunteer groups with the hopes of not turning down anyone if at all possible. Through all the following events, we always plan to begin feeding the public within 24 hours upon arrival once we have worked out our location with local authorities to provide a safe and secure location. Donating, posting, sharing, volunteering are the most important things that help make all this possible and it is to YOU that we owe a tremendous amount of THANKS to for helping make this all possible to help our organization support our neighbors in a time of need. KCCO
Mission Facts Day1- Day2:
The Triple G Relief Convoy Team began their journey at 9am for a 6.5 hour drive, but it took 9.5 hours to arrive due to unexpected tire replacements, weather, detours, and gas station traffic. Triple G Convoy included the famous Triple G relief kitchen trailer, another 30’ dry storage trailer, bumper pull camper, and additional SidebySide for quick errands along the way. The convoy was forced to split up many times to obtain different needs like the camper, spare tires, and other supplies and tools needed for the journey. We met up close to 6pm in Iowa at the local gas station to fuel up the tanks. We then headed to the government designated parking lot for disaster relief, and where the final plans of execution were evaluated and discussed between our leaders.
The fire department chief Joseph “Scooter” Lewis and Assistant Fire Chief Sonny Coffey made our convoy a priority to get setup and preparations made so we could be operational. The chairman of their board also came and met with us personally at 9pm to work out arrangements. When looking at their website ( https://www.facebook.com/Iowa-Volunteer-Fire-Department-208285869233867 ) you’ll see that their motto is “Serving today for your tomorrow,” and in partnering with us we have pulled together to do just that. After many visits to their Fire Station, discussions of safety, and final agreements, Triple G began prepping the site for unpacking into the late night/ early morning. This included sweeping piles of glass, brick particulates, mortar, fasteners, insulation, and other debris left from Hurricane Laura from the immediate parking area. We then backed in our Kitchen trailer, dry storage trailer, camper, and made room for the refrigeration trailer to be delivered at 7am the next morning.
Official unpacking began the morning of Day 2 as the volunteers unpackaged their trailers equaling to at least 2,900 cubic feet of Triple G Relief supplies.
Currently the city is under Boiled Water Advisory as the test for consumption of the water supply wont be conducted until after the electricity is restored. Thankfully due to the generous donations of Triple G we are able to gain the supplies needed and we come equipped with potable water tanks for this exact situation.
As we keep moving forward we will likely share many meals, tears, and words of reassurance and we trudge forward in spite of the devastation of Hurricane Laura. More reports will be on their way!