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Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 18:24:31-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- In three North Omaha homes, volunteers gutted away at the insides as a part of organized training on Saturday.

 

"We are going through these homes, destroying certain parts of it that need to be removed,” said Ron Sheridan, a member of the disaster relief team for Habitat for Humanity.

 

Habitat for Humanity and Team Rubicon gathered here from across the country to conduct a full scale disaster simulation. This exercise trains volunteers to help after a natural disaster.

 

"If this was a disaster today, you'd want people trained to be able to get onto the spot, with the proper tools, with the proper training to be able to do the right thing,” Sheridan said.

 

Team Rubicon consists of 100 retired military volunteers, who were trained on how to demolish the inside of the home in an effort to restore it.

 

Habitat for Humanity will then renovate the home.

 

"If something ever does happen around here, hopefully it doesn't, we'll be able to jump in and help out,” said Habitat for Humanity Renovation Construction Supervisor Randy Kirchner.