|Published:||Jun 14, 2013 5:39 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 14, 2013 5:45 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- It's just the beginning of hurricane season, but the Harry Chapin Food Bank is already hard at work preparing for a potential disaster.
"Well, you know, the food bank in a sense handles disasters everyday. In 2008, we distributed just over four million pounds of food to the five county area," said Food Resourcing Manager, Chris Robinson.
This video captures just how fast Florida can go from calm to chaos.
"The biggest thing we do to prepare is obviously to make sure we have food, water and supplies ready for those who could be facing any disaster needs," explained Robinson.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank works hand-in-hand with 160 partnering agencies throughout five counties.
When a storm threatens to make landfall, volunteers immediately start to coordinate efforts for food relief.
"We actually know where all of the relief organizations are, so we have the ability to contact them one at a time to find out who is operational and who's not."
This way, they're equipped to deal with the disaster that comes after a storm.
The delivery trucks and mobile pantries are fueled up ready to go at a moment's notice.
"The mobile pantry can go out to areas where there might not be an operational agency and distribute food directly to the people in need," said Robinson.
The year 2004 sticks out in Chris Robinson's mind.
The food bank provided services to the hardest hit areas during Hurricane Charley.
"We were able to provide millions of pounds of food all the way through; Not only just the initial disaster, but through the recovery process as well, as the years have gone on."
The food bank also participates in a mock demonstration a couple of weeks prior to hurricane season.
It helps them to work out any problems before a storm touches down.
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