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Local search and rescue team heading to help victims of Hurricane Florence

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(IMG: WPMI) Local search and rescue team heading to help victims of Hurricane Florence

Local volunteers are now headed into the storm to provide aid to the victims of Hurricane Florence.

The search and rescue team Geaux Rescue is made up of dozens of volunteers from around the Gulf Coast.

As Hurricane Florence continues it's path toward the U.S., many East Coast residents are heeding the warnings to get out.

Meanwhile, emergency responders and disaster aid volunteers are heading into the storm's devastating path.

George Ruiz, founder of Geaux Rescue, spent Wednesday gathering last minute supplies before heading to meet his team.

"Our plans are to try and get as close to Wilmington, North Carolina, as we can. We'll wait it out and then once it passes through, we'll move in and start doing our rescues," said Ruiz.

Ruiz stocked up on packs of water, gas cans, MRE's, and other items to add to their stockpile.

It's all to keep their dozens of volunteers going while they wait for the destruction in Hurricane Florence's wake.

"We have probably about 4 or 5 boats and one jet ski. We're starting to pick up volunteers from that local area. We'll probably have another 4 or 5 boats once we get there," Ruiz said.

Ruiz said they've also set up hotline numbers and social media pages as contact options for locals who can't evacuate.

Geaux Rescue has been involved in numerous Gulf Coast operations, including the search for 17-year-old Jevon Lemke.

Lemke disappeared into rough surf off Fort Morgan in March.

The team was also on the ground last year in Texas during Hurricane Harvey as well in Florida during Hurricane Irma.

"The rescues we did over there were heartbreaking. To go through that and see people lose everything they had and they worked for. This is giving back a little bit as much as we can," said Ruiz.

Ruiz said he expects Geaux Rescue will be stationed in North Carolina until Tuesday, September 18.

If you'd like to help or donate to their cause, you can do so HERE.