Georgia Salvation Army Extends Hurricane Ida Service

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 17, 2021) – The Salvation Army is on the ground across the Gulf Coast region with a mission to feed, hydrate, and give help and hope to those impacted by Hurricane Ida.

This week, twenty-five Salvation Army officers and specially trained emergency disaster volunteers from Georgia were relieved after a 14-day deployment by a second team of fifteen volunteers from Georgia. The Georgia Salvation Army officers and volunteers have been in service in the New Orleans and Gonzalez, LA areas since shortly after Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29. In addition, two Salvation Army officers from Georgia are serving as part of leadership teams – all will serve alongside a large contingent of Salvation personnel from many other states already serving on the ground.

“Our disaster workers, which are mainly volunteers, are our most valuable resource,” says Lanita Lloyd, The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Emergency Services Director. “We highly value their dedicated service and willingness to help those impacted by Hurricane Ida.”

Emergency disaster volunteers from Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Rome, Savannah, and Waycross, GA will serve in the Gonzalez, LA area, while their counterparts from Atlanta, Decatur, Elberton, Lawrenceville, and Sugar Hill, GA will serve in the New Orleans area.

The new volunteers will meet each morning with their respective Incident Management Teams to determine their daily service response areas and to load supplies onto their canteens (mobile kitchens) and other Salvation Army service response vehicles. The Salvation Army vehicles will serve hot meals, snacks, and drinks to those impacted by Hurricane Ida.

“It’s hard work and the days are long,” says Clint Poss, a Salvation Army disaster volunteer from Rome, GA, “but it is very rewarding work, and I would not take anything for this experience.”

The length of service for Salvation Army disaster personnel is normally a 14-day deployment, but The Salvation Army’s commitment to help those impacted by Hurricane Ida has no expiration date.

“The Salvation Army of Georgia teams will be helping those impacted by Hurricane Ida for as long as needed,” said Ms. Lloyd.

How You Can Help:

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.

For the latest Salvation Army emergency disaster services news related to Hurricane Ida, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the Salvation Army disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Goes Door-To-Door To Help Residents After Ida

Gonzales, Louisiana (September 16, 2021) – The small city of Gonzales Louisiana is known at the Jambalaya Capital of the World and is located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. When Hurricane Ida roared out of the Gulf of Mexico on August 29, hurricane force winds and heavy rain caused significant damage and power outages to the community. As soon as the storm passed, The Salvation Army was in the area to help meet immediate needs of residents. Teams will continue response operations to help local residents recover as long as needed.

Salvation Army officer Captain Dakarai Darby is on the ground in Gonzales, serving on an emergency disaster response team from Decatur, Georgia. He met the pastor of a small church who told them that several members of his congregation were deeply affected by Hurricane Ida and needed assistance but were not able to go out to get help. Captain Darby knew what he had to do next.

“We decided the only way we could make sure all people could get help is to bring our services to the people,” Captain Darby said. “A couple of us began knocking on doors to check on people and to make sure anyone and everyone who needed help got it. That’s how we met Brian.”

Brian is an older gentleman who lives alone and had a terrible time riding out the storm. He had been without food and water for over a week when the team met him. They delivered supplies to Brian and continued to check in on him to make sure he had everything he needed. Initially, Brian was very quiet and reserved, yet as Captain Darby continued to check on him, he began to share stories and tell jokes.

On a most recent visit, Captain Darby was able to pray with Brian, who said he was very grateful for the compassion and friendship shown by the team. When asking Captain Darby what it means to him to be able to go out and serve, Captain Darby replied, “It is a blessing to be able to spread the love of Christ in The Salvation Army way of providing hope and a prayer.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia on the Way to New Orleans

Ten Emergency Disaster mobile feeding units (canteens) and twenty-five specially trained emergency disaster personnel from The Salvation Army of Georgia have been mobilized and are heading to New Orleans to help those impacted by Hurricane Ida – one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the U.S. Each of the Salvation Army of Georgia emergency disaster vehicles can serve between 500-1,000 people a day.

The Georgia canteens are from Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Evangeline Booth College (Atlanta), Dalton, Newnan, Red Shield Services (Atlanta), Savannah, Thomasville, and Valdosta. The nine-unit Georgia team will join a larger contingent from across The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory, including units from the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas-Oklahoma, and Florida divisions.

“The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that find themselves affected by Hurricane Ida,” said Lanita Lloyd, Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We will continually assess opportunities to best deploy our resources to help those impacted by the severity of this storm.”

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 Salvation Army of Georgia team is scheduled to quickly obtain disaster relief supplies, including much-needed bottled water and personal protective equipment (PPE), at their McDonough, GA warehouse and immediately leave for New Orleans on Tuesday, August 31. It is expected that the Georgia teams will start serving meals in New Orleans by dinner time the following day. Each team is scheduled for a 14-day disaster relief deployment.

According to Ms. Lloyd, “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.”

How You Can Help:

For the latest Salvation Army emergency disaster services news related to Hurricane Ida, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the Salvation Army disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. www.disaster.salvatoinarmyusa.org

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