NorCal Disaster Medical Assistance Team on alert for Hurricane Matthew

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (KGO) -- A local group familiar with disaster zones, like the one in Haiti, is now getting ready to help out again.

The local Disaster Medical Assistance Team or DMAT California 6, is made up of doctors, nurses, and EMTs. They are a rapid response' team that is ready to go anywhere in Hurricane Matthew's path.

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Time is of the essence for DMATteam leaders. They need to get all of these medical supplies organized, stocked, and packed for their team, which could deploy in hours.

Randall Hunter is in charge of logistics for a moving target. He'll manage communications, equipment, supplies, and the team's base camp, wherever it may be.

"It's a logistical nightmare," Hunter said.

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Hurricane Matthew is hurting and killing people, and California 6's crucial medical team is needed.

"We basically show up and say, here is what we can do. what do you need us to do?" said California 6 Team Cmdr. Dave Lipin.

The last time the team was deployed was to Haiti was after the deadly earthquake in 2010. They set up triage sites, staffed hospitals, and saved lives. The team is prepared to do whatever it takes during Hurricane Matthew.

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"There is a little bit of dread of what we'll find on the other end because there are all of these people suffering, waiting for us to show up," Hunter said.

DMAT members deploy for two to three weeks.

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