Operation Blessing Ready to Help in Storm's Wake

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As Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast with 115 mph winds Saturday, CBN's Operation Blessing International tracked the storm from Virginia Beach, Va., and prepared to help victims as soon as the storm passes.  

At the request of city officials, the group will be coordinating efforts to help residents clear storm debris from their properties.

"Our sole mission is to aid and assist those who, because of illness, age or other reasons, need assistance in clearing debris and repairing their homes so they can resume a normal and safe existence," said Bill Horan, President of Operation Blessing International. 

"We believe in helping to alleviate human need and suffering wherever we can, and the toll that Hurricane Irene is expected to take on the residents of Virginia Beach clearly points us to our next vital mission," he added.

Operation Blessing is preparing to help those affected. Jody Herrington-Gettys, who is leading the effort, explains how victims should respond after the storm strikes. Watch more below.

As early as Thursday, Operation Blessing began making plans to aid storm victims in Florida, South Carolina and at the Virginia-North Carolina border.

"In the last 24 hours the storm's path has taken a dramatic turn to the northeast," Jodi Herring, director of U.S. national relief for Operation Blessing, said Thursday.

Prior to Irene's approach, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue warned residents to take the hurricane seriously.

"We understand it's a big storm," Perdue told reporters at a news conference in Raleigh. "We must all prepare for the worst."

To find out how you can lend a hand to storm victims visit Operation Blessing's website.

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