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Local search and rescue volunteers to help look for storm victims

Volunteers of a local search and rescue team are on their way to assist victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Volunteers of a local search and rescue team are on their way to assist victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The Klaas Kids Foundation has been involved in numerous searches around our area.

Klaas Kids volunteers are planning to work with authorities on the ground in Texas to rescue or recover people who haven't been found.

The devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey left thousands desperately trying to survive rising floodwaters.

Authorities, volunteers and others continue to spend countless hours trying to rescue or find people who had nowhere to go.

They're now getting a little more help - through the Pensacola chapter of the Klaas Kids Foundation which is a non-profit search and rescue organization.

Juli Campbell, a volunteer with Klaas Kids, said she and her family have loaded up trucks with supplies and are now driving to Texas to help authorities in anyway they can.

"There are so many missing people. There are so many people that have been displaced and don't have access to communication lines to let their loved ones know they are safe if that's the case," said Campbell.

Klaas Kids has been involved in numerous search and rescues locally.

In June, they took part the search for Naomi Jones, a 12-year-old Pensacola girl whose body was found miles from her home.

Campbell says Klaas Kids began gathering donations shortly after Hurricane Harvey hit and are taking those items including toiletries, food and water to victims.

But most importantly, their knowledge and skills in search and rescue will help victims who have yet to be found.

"Once more people are found, just to be able to give closure to those loved ones is extremely important. You cant imagine that type of pain and hurt. Our hearts go out to them," Campbell said.

Campbell says they plan to be on the ground in Houston by Tuesday.

Once they're settled, more volunteers from Klaas Kids will join the search.

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