LYNCHBURG, Va (WFXR) — Following the disaster of hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic– local rescue relief organizations are preparing for devastation as tropical storm Ian continues to intensify.

God’s Pit Crew and Gleaning for the World are taking action to offer aid to those impacted by recent natural disasters.

When people are left displaced or lacking certain necessities for life, relief organizations jump in to offer quick and imperative aid. Chief Operating Officer for God’s Pit Crew Brandon Nuckles says, they have to be ready and act fast.

“We’re just looking for the best opportunities that we have to ensure that life-sustaining goods are getting into the hands of individuals who need them,” said Nuckles.

However, Ian is proving to be a difficult storm to weather for many organizations. One of the biggest challenges they say to be facing — when it comes to Ian — is preparing for the unknown.

“We don’t know exactly where Ian’s going to hit, what intensity we’ll have, but we want to be able to be there quickly if something does happen that’s devastating to the Florida panhandle,” said Nuckles.

Jeane Smiley Mason is the President and COO of Gleaning for the World, and she says they need to start collecting early to get aid out quickly.

“We know that we want to respond at the beginning of a natural disaster. When we know it’s pretty certain it’s going to strike, then we start gathering those supplies,” said Mason.

God’s Pit Crew has about 6,000 blessing buckets filled with life-sustaining supplies on hand, but according to Nuckles — depending on the storm — these could go very quickly.

“We’re doing everything that we can to make sure that our trucks are ready, our volunteers are ready to deploy, that we have our materials on hand that we need to deploy with,” Nuckles said.

With Ian hitting so soon after Fiona, Gleaning for the World says the best thing they can do is gear up and ask the community for help.

“We are just going to be doubling our effort to ask the public to come along — which they always do — to help us with the supplies that we are seeking, so we can place them for the folks that are in harm’s way and have been in harm’s way,” said Mason.

Both Gleaning for the World and God’s Pit Crew emphasized the importance of community efforts during this time. Adding that although they may not know what to expect, they will do everything in their power to be prepared.

“We just watch them. We take them day by day. We look at our resources and see how we can help, and if we can, we do,” Mason said.