By Rebecca Gannon KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
10:21 p.m. CDT, September 2, 2010
(WICHITA, Kan.) —
Fourteen-hundred miles away from the coast, Wichita isn’t as far removed from Hurricane Earl as you might think.
When you think of a hurricane, you probably think of wind, waves, and waves of people evacuating. On Thursday, you could also see Wichita in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
“They were probably assisting customers with emergency board up activities, Reuben Kerbs of National Catastrophe Restoration Incorporated. “That could be just boarding up windows, boarding up doors. Just things like that, and making sure that anything valuable is off the ground, important documents, et cetera.”
The NCRI trucks carry loads of fans, dehumidifers, lumber, and generators, along with a multitude of other things needed to get banks, hotels, or hospitals back up and running.
“We try to ease any burden off the customer,” said Kerbs. “We want them to focus on their employees, and we take care of the structure part of it.”
But sometimes help doesn’t come from de-humidifiers. “The very first time somebody comes up and you give them that hug and you can feel that pressure drain out of them, it makes it all worthwhile,” said Bill Hayes.
The Red Cross volunteer is on stand-by to help if Hurricane Earl hits. “Somebody has to do it,” said Hayes. “If it ever happened to us, I would like to say I found somebody to come out when I needed the help.”
Hurricane Earl may not be close to Wichita, but you don’t have to look far to find a Kansas connection.
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