LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Hurricane Matthew is nearing Florida, where it threatens to hammer the peninsula's east coast with tornadoes, Salvation Army Captain Israel Roseno is being deployed to assist with hurricane relief.
Captain Israel Roseno with the Salvation Army is being deployed to assist with hurricane relief.
This will be his third time helping others in a disastrous situation. He helped with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, providing families with housing resources. He also helped with the Moore tornado in 2013, where he served as the canteen coordinator serving people food. Roseno says these past experiences have helped to prepare him for what's ahead with Hurricane Matthew.
"Well it's one of those calls that we don't like to receive. We know it is part of our duty, we are here to help in any possible way that we can, but usually when they call us to go to disaster it means there are a lot of people out there that is going to be suffering”, said Roseno.
Roseno says being away from his family for two weeks will be tough, but knows it's nowhere near the anguish of the victims whose homes are destroyed or damaged.
"It's going to be very emotional for everybody that we serve as well as for us because a lot of people when they come to us they expect us that we are going to be the strong ones that is going to be able to support them in a physical way, as well as emotional, and spiritually”, said Roseno.
His first stop will be Georgia, where officials assess the damage, and determine where the need is greatest. His job will be serving others as the canteen coordinator.
"The salvation Army has these big trucks that are fully equipped. Inside it looks like a kitchen on wheels where we can cook up to 2,000 meals a day from the inside of that truck. My job is to make sure that we have all the supplies needed for all the trucks as well as the trucks that are going in the areas that need the most”, said Roseno.
He doesn't know what to expect but says it means a lot that he is helping and supporting hundred and thousands of people in a disastrous situation.
"People are coming to us for help and that is the strongest feeling on my heart is that I'm going and it's less about me, more about the people that were going to be serving”, said Roseno.
He prays for safe travels for the families who are going through this tough time.