As the Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Laura, the Biloxi Fire Department is already preparing to provide assistance to those affected by the storm.
Around 4 o’clock this afternoon, Deputy Chief Nick Geiser and firefighters Cameron Whiteside and Chuck Parker from Biloxi Fire Department deployed to Baton Rouge to pre-stage hurricane relief.
As soon as the storm passes, the three BFD members and the rest of their group will focus on search and rescue missions in the impacted areas.
In addition to sending personnel, the Biloxi Fire Museum has started a GoFundMe account to raise funds for Biloxi Fire’s annual relief trip. Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “The purpose for pushing the Go Fund Me account is because our normal fundraising projects that we do throughout the year have been severely hampered by COVID, the pandemic. And we simply haven’t been able to do the fundraisers, so our funds are a lot lower than they normally would be. The community always steps up. They help us and we bring a little bit of Biloxi to the communities that are hurt. Part of our mission is not just for helping to clean up, but to let them know we’ve been there. We’ve been through hurricanes. We’ve been through Katrina. We’ve been through a lot of hurricanes. But we come back, better and stronger. And they can, too. It’s just going to take time.”
If you would like to donate to the Hurricane Laura Relief trip you can find the GoFundMe link on Biloxi Fire Department’s Facebook or by going to GoFundMe.com/BiloxiFireMuseumReliefTrip2020.