A Huntsville volunteer group is preparing to travel to Louisiana to help clean up damage left behind from Hurricane Laura.
While the group, called Prepare and Respond, is used to trips like this one, Coronavirus is forcing some changes.
Organizer of the trip, Danny Walker, says usually about twelve to fifteen volunteers travel and operate this equipment, but only half are going because of Coronavirus.
He told WAAY 31 the group plans to leave as soon as possible to help people who have lost their belongings
"We could be asked to tarp roofs, we could be asked to cut trees and remove that kind of vegetation debris, and we could be asked to go into a flooded home," said PAR volunteer, Danny Walker.
Prepare and Respond volunteer Danny Walker says his group is getting heavy-duty equipment ready to help those impacted by Hurricane Laura.
"When it's that widespread, they certainly need volunteers from our area to come help," said Walker.
Walker says his group usually stays with a host church and one church in Louisiana is requiring volunteers to get a negative Coronavirus test before coming to help.
"That's kind of tough on us to get a quick response test to get the results back so what we are going to do is find other groups that require that," said Walker.
He says the priority is getting to Louisiana and helping with the clean-up effort. His team members will wear masks and take other precautions.
"Social distancing and all of that will be in place and temperature checks."
Walker says although there's a pandemic, that's not going to stop prepare and respond from helping those in need.
"We've had our fair share of bad storms and the volunteers that came in were such a blessing to us," said Walker.
Walker told WAAY 31's Casey Albritton his group will monitor the weather conditions locally over the weekend, and if there's no damage in North Alabama, the crew will head to Louisiana on Monday.