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America’s Cajun Navy Comes to Panama City


After hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, a group of volunteer rescuers was formed. They go by the name America’s Cajun Navy. 

The group has traveled all over to assist in natural disaster rescues.

“We’re neighbors helping neighbors,” said John Billiot, America’s Cajun Navy President. “That’s why we’re here.”

The group of volunteers travel with their personal vehicles, boats and equipment, to go out and help search and rescue during times of disaster.

“We have high water rescue vehicles, we have boats,” Billiot said. “We have a service trailer with chainsaws and different things that we need.”

According to Billiot, each storm may vary with the number of volunteers.

But, you can almost bet more than thirty will come from states all over the south to help.

“We’re not storm chasers or storm watchers or anything like that,” said Billiot. “We go out there to do what we’re doing now.”

Even though Hurricane Michael is still hours away, Billiot said they come prepared, before disaster strikes.

“We rescue people before, during and after the hurricane,” said Billiot.

Their goal is not how many people they rescue, rather, how many people survive.

“It doesn’t matter if we have five rescues or five thousand rescues, you know, the number that I care about is zero, and that’s zero fatalities,” said Billiot.

The group is open to any local volunteers who want to lend a hand during Hurricane Michael.

They also have a PayPal account set up to accept donations. You can find out more on how to volunteer and donate, on their Facebook page.

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