Normally she has to drive to Columbia and deploys with her team from there, but this time she was told to drive straight to Joplin and meet the team there. Shortly after she got there, she started working and they worked straight for approximately 36 hours before finally getting some rest and food.
Ever since LD and Katy deployed, I kept scouring the internet and television hoping to get a glimpse of them to know that they were alright (communication was very limited due to so many cell towers being down). I managed to see them here and there, but yesterday I finally got to see them on CNN being interviewed by Anderson Cooper. Here is the interview:
Anderson Cooper Joplin Coverage
They searched a lot of area: homes, apartments, duplexes, and businesses for live people. When Katy finds a person, she barks. Well, Katy had 2 alerts in Joplin! I am so proud of LD and Katy! It is not often that disaster dogs get the opportunity to find live victims. It all depends on the type and magnitude of the disaster. This disaster incident created many opportunities and hope for people to survive the tornado.
There were fourteen tornado touchdowns in the Kansas City Metro Area today, and I had to spend an hour in the basement at work until the tornado warning expired. I was afraid that LD and Katy might have to come searching for me! We were very lucky, but unfortunately the tornadoes caused some damage in Sedalia and other communities. We can't wait for this bad weather to go away!!!!!!!!