“Every Salvation Army canteen in Georgia is on alert and ready to be deployed to help when and where needed,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia.
In anticipation of Hurricane Hermine’s landfall, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency for 56 counties.
The Salvation Army works with partners at the Georgia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts for impacted areas. The Salvation Army of Georgia has a fleet of 21 mobile feeding units (canteens) designed for rapid and free-standing response. According to Major Butler, “The canteens will be stocked with two full days of food and drinks ready to serve affected areas.” After deployment, the mobile canteens will have the ability to restock and move throughout affected areas to serve those in need.
The Salvation Army of Georgia has established an Incident Response System (ICS) team to monitor the storm and communicate with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively. In times of disaster, The Salvation Army traditionally serves and prepares meals from its mobile canteens, helps distribute cleaning supplies, and offers comfort to those impacted.
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.
Those who want to help people directly affected by Hurricane Hermine as asked to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
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. 82 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.