The Salvation Army is moving emergency response teams into place in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and is providing shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.
As the storm moves to the North, The Salvation Army has mobilized 24 feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel to the hardest hit areas. These units have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals. Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for Hurrican Isaac, commented, “This has been in many cases a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac.” In response to the storm The Salvation Army has provided approximately, 8,067 meals, 7,569 drinks and 6,264 snacks. Additionally, hygiene kits and clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies are being made available to storm survivors and first responders, as well as emotional and spiritual support.
Many Salvation Army facilities in the track of the storm have been greatly impacted and a number of facilities were evacuated including the Area Command building and Center of Hope in New Orleans. Homeless shelters in Pascagoula, New Orleans, MS, and Mobile, AL, continued to be filled to capacity. Palm Beach County, FL, experienced massive flooding and widespread power outages and two mobile feeding units have been providing food, water, and support to the communities of Acreage and Loxahatchee.
The Salvation Army in Texas has five mobile feeding units and a field kitchen on alert should additional support be requested. These units will remain on call during the holiday weekend. Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary, said, “Although Isaac is moving inland, many areas will not feel the storm’s full impact of rain and flooding for some time. We expect to provide assistance to all survivors in Gulf Coast communities and elsewhere for as long as there is a need.”
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day
For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.