Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Heads to Southeast Houston

HOUSTON -- 'Sheep Dog Impact Assistance - Central Arkansas' volunteers are preparing to head to southeast Texas Tuesday. 
 
This group of men and women aren't your average volunteers. 
 
The grassroots Arkansas group was created in response to Hurricane Katrina back in 2010. 
 
Since then, 22 teams have formed across the country made up of active-duty and retired military and first responders. They respond at the right moment, during the worst times and help communities overcome natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey. 
 
"Just looking at pictures and video footage, it is devastating," Kayla Sutherland with SDIA said. 
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast Friday, plans to deploy began. 
 
"We prepare for things just like this so that we are able to respond as quickly and as best we can," she said. 
For SDIA most preparation isn't planned, it's instinct. 
 
"Obviously they've gotten the training and the skills to be able to respond to disasters with efficiency, and the expertise that they have." 
 
Sutherland is a civilian who works to gather funds and supplies for each mission out of Central Arkansas. 
This week, 2 convoys are planned to leave our area, but some basic supplies are still needed to fill the trailer.
"The people are so grateful when they can just get a fresh bottle of water," she said. 
 
About 50 volunteers are set to go to southeast Texas this time around. With more rain in the forecast, more help is expected too. 
 
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