ALBANY, GEORGIA (October 14, 2018) —When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders. The following is a summary of how The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Michael in Georgia:

To date, The Salvation Army in Georgia has served 3,500 meals, 4,500 drinks and 3,700 snacks to those impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Albany and Bainbridge areas.

Albany, GA:

  • Five mobile canteens and feeding crews are located at fixed sites throughout Putney, Dunes, Massy and Lee Counties. One additional canteen from Vidalia, GA is anticipated to arrive shortly.
  • The Albany Incident Command continues to be located at the Albany Corps building located at 304 W. 2nd Ave.
  • Service requests are increasing due to people returning to the area and those impacted finding TSA service locations. Approximately 1,300 meals are anticipated to be prepared and distributed today, however, service is expected to increase as additional resources arrive on-site and more areas of need are identified.
  • 60% of power is out in Albany and 70% in surrounding counties.
  • Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up cooking expanded service in the Albany area.
  •  Locations of service in Albany:
    • East Albany – The Salvation Army’s Albany, GA canteen is roving the East Albany area serving impacted areas, including the Albany Civic Center.
    • North Jackson community – a stationary canteen from Macon, GA is located at 320 N. Jackson St.
    • Gordon Sports community – a stationary canteen from Atlanta, GA is located at 800 Willie Pits Trail.
    • Doughtery County – a stationary catering unit is located at 2424 Sylvester Rd.
    • Dawson – a stationary canteen from Augusta, GA will be located at 638 Forester Dr., Dawson.

Bainbridge, GA:

  • Five mobile feeding units are actively at fixed sites to provide service to impacted areas throughout Seminole, Early and Miller counties.
  • Service to the Bainbridge area has increased significantly during the last 24 hours as new areas of need were identified.
  • An additional Incident Command is being set up in Bainbridge to coordinate the increased service need.
  • Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up expanded service in the Bainbridge area.
  • An additional catering unit is anticipated to join the Bainbridge service shortly.
  • Locations of service in Bainbridge:
    • Hispanic Mission – a catering unit is located at the Hispanic Mission at 2092 Tallahassee Hwy South.
    • In Seminole County, a catering unit is located at 3401 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville, GA.
    • In Early County – a canteen from Newnan, GA is located at735 S. Church St. Blakely, GA.
    • In Miller County – a canteen from Lawrenceville, GA is located at 351 E. Pine St., Colquitt, GA.
    • Walmart – a canteen from Marietta, GA is located at the Walmart; 500 E. Alice St.

How to 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.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  •  Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.

The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.

The Salvation Army on the Move to Help South Georgia

The Salvation Army of Georgia is on the move to confront the panorama of destruction across southern areas of the Peach State after Hurricane Michael swept through earlier Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team (IMT) is relocating their center of operations from Atlanta to Albany, GA, and closer to the most heavily impacted areas in the state.

Michael hit Georgia with the intensity of a category 3 hurricane, after slamming into the Florida panhandle just a few miles-per-hour short of being labeled a category 5 hurricane. Raging winds and heavy rains initially appeared significant and widespread, but short of catastrophic. “This is a story that is yet unfolding,” said Captain Erik Henry, Georgia Incident Management Team Commander. “We are here to help people impacted by the storm and will continually assess the best deployment of our resources to do so.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia charged fifteen canteens (mobile feeding units), along with specially disaster-trained crews, to relieve specific areas of southern Georgia most affected. Each canteen has the capacity to serve an average of 750 meals per day.

Salvation Army canteens from Albany, Augusta, Macon and Marietta, GA will be serving those affected in the greater Albany, GA area. Canteens from Bainbridge, Elberton, Newnan, and Lawrenceville, GA will focus relief efforts in the most southwestern part of the state around the city of  Bainbridge.

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. According to Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution,” she adds, “Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.”

How to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael

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.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
  • Donate online: HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmymusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Readies as Michael Slams Florida Panhandle

Michael is an intense category 4 hurricane — the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle. After slamming ashore, Michael will continue northeast as a category 2 hurricane, raging through Southern Georgia across Bainbridge, Thomasville and Savannah with weather unlike anything they have seen before.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units (canteens) and other resources from across the southern U.S. are stationed to quickly provide feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care throughout impacted areas.

“Hurricane Michael is a powerful storm,” Says Major Charles Powell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are ready and poised to minister in the name of Jesus to those who are hurting — to be there for them in their time of need. We want to be a ray of light in their time of darkness that brings peace to their minds and hearts.”

In Georgia, twenty-one canteens stand ready to deploy to areas affected in Georgia. A Salvation Army Incident Management Team (IMT) monitors the storm progress and impact from their operations center located in The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters building Atlanta, Georgia. From this location, The Salvation Army of Georgia can coordinate and communicate with Salvation Army locations and resources across the state, and with state and local officials in efforts to respond effectively where resources are needed most. The current focus centers on the 108 counties in South Georgia placed under a state of emergency by Governor Nathan Deal.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Captain Erik Henry, Incident Commander for the Georgia Incident Management Team, “Once we see exactly how the storm impacts our state, we will be able to redeploy our resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia is already in action providing drinks and meals in key locations for first responders, evacuees and those seeking help including; Albany, Americus, Augusta, Douglas, Dublin, Macon, Tifton and Thomasville. Many other locations are on standby ready to respond when needed

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.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
  • Donate online: HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

The Salvation Army Georgia Division Readies Resources in Anticipation of Hurricane Florence

ATLANTA, GA (September 11, 2018) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is mobilized and moving rapidly in anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the eastern U.S. coast. Four Georgia Salvation Army canteens (mobile kitchen units) from Atlanta, Newnan, Dublin, and Valdosta, Georgia, and their accompanying disaster-trained staff, crew and volunteers are enroute toward pre-planned staging centers in North and South Carolina. Additional staff and crew from Elberton and Vidalia, Georgia are part of the Georgia contingent. These units will join forces with other Salvation Army units responding from the Carolinas and other parts of the southeastern U.S. to provide mass feeding, hydration and spiritual care to those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence is an intense and powerful storm bringing bad memories along with its promise of fierce winds, tidal surges and rising waters. It is being compared to other storms that ravaged the Carolinas in years past; Hugo, Floyd, Matthew and Hazel. But Florence is different – it has the potential to be more powerful than Hurricane Hazel – the most powerful storm to hit the Carolinas in 1954 with devastating winds of 130 mph.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Lanita Lloyd, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “Once we see exactly how the storm impacts the eastern coast, we will be able to deploy and redeploy our resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia has a standing fleet of 21 canteens designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. The remaining Georgia canteens not deployed to the Carolinas are on stand-by ready to serve at potential evacuation centers in Georgia and impacted areas along the eastern U.S. coast. Disaster-trained staff and volunteers also stand ready to serve as needed on canteens or at designated Georgia evacuee shelters for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

In times of disaster, 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.

To support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence relief efforts, visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org. For updates on The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response efforts, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army in Georgia Focused on Irma Long-Term Recovery

Since Hurricane Irma’s high tidal waves and severe winds battered ashore and swept through Georgia in the fall of 2017, The Salvation Army of has been restoring hope, giving strength and providing healing. At the height of Hurricane Irma, The Salvation Army served 57,800 meals, 81,000 snacks, and 47,800 drinks. They also provided emotional and spiritual care for 11,800 individuals, distributed 1,900 food boxes, 900 clean-up kits, and $425,000 in gift cards.

Salvation Army Responds to National Guard Plane Crash In Savannah, GA

The Salvation Army responded to a call from Chatham County Emergency Management Agency to provide food and hydration to approximately 175 first responders, including local public safety, FBI, GBI and military officials on scene of a crashed Air National Guard WC-130 near Savannah, Georgia. According to the U.S. Airforce, the C-130 was from the 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico and was on a training mission when it crashed.

The Salvation Army on the Move in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA (September 12, 2017) – Wednesday found The Salvation Army of Georgia on the move to confront the panorama of destruction rent across the Peach State after remnants of Irma swept through earlier Monday and Tuesday. As citizens across the state began to return and rebuild, The Salvation Army’s Incident Management Team (IMT) moved their location from Atlanta to Savannah, and closer to the most heavily impacted areas in the state.

The damage from Irma’s raging winds and punishing rains initially appeared significant and widespread, but short of catastrophic. “This is a story that is yet unfolding,” said Major Douglas McClure, Georgia Incident Management Commander. “We are here to help people impacted by the storm and will continually assess the best deployment of our resources to do so.”

Additional Salvation Army reinforcements, deployed from the National Capital/Virginia Division, arrives today with seven canteens to help with relief efforts in Georgia. Across the state in fixed and mobile locations, Salvation Army units continue to provide food services and emotional and spiritual care.

On Saturday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m., Regina Scott, her son, daughter and eight grandchildren had to quickly pack and make the trek from Brunswick to Augusta, Georgia. The plan was to stay with Regina’s brother who lives in Augusta, but after arriving it became clear that there would not be enough room to house the large family. After looking around town Regina realized she and her family had nowhere to go. “We had no place to stay,” recalls Regina, “So my daughter googled shelters around Augusta and ended up finding this one.”

The shelter Regina’s daughter found is located at Patriots Park, a shelter that happened to be partnered with the Salvation Army.
For many across Georgia, like Regina, The Salvation Army was their shelter in the storm. “That’s what we do,” said Major McClure. “We help people in their time of need.”

Coastal and Southern Georgia area service highlights:
• Savannah Corps – provided feeding for Savannah Civic Center, Hunter Air Field and
Southside Fire Department and Chatham County EOC. Distributed 975 meals and 1,675 drinks and snacks.
• Brunswick – Glenn and McIntosh counties evacuated. No services provided on Monday due to storm.
• Albany – Provided food services to Albany Civic Center; served 1,350meals and 1,700
drinks and snacks.
• Waycross – Provided food support to Ware County High School. Distributed 1,200
meals.
• Valdosta – Currently providing meals, drinks, and snacks at Mathis Auditorium
Distributed 30 meals and 225 drinks and snacks, and spiritual and emotional care for 11
people.
• Thomasville – Provided food support at two locations; Distributed 75 meals, 100 drinks, and spiritual and emotional care for 34 people.
• Tifton – Provided food services at the ABAC-Gressett Gym. Distributed 450 meals and 1,350 drinks and snacks
• Americus – Provided food assistance, including EOC. Distributed 40 meals and 225
drinks and snacks.

Metro Atlanta, central and north Georgia service highlights:
• Metro Atlanta Area Command – Provided accommodations and food support for
additional people. Distributed 250 meals and drinks, provided emotional and spiritual
care for 15 people, distributed 45 comfort kits, and provided shelter for 50 people.
• Central GA Command (Macon) – Provided food support to Brooks East Macon Center, North Park Community Center, Frank Johnson Community Center, and Memorial Park. Distributed 1,700 meals and 1,950 drinks and snacks.
• Columbus – Shelter in operation at the Civic Center. Looking to establish food services shortly.
• Augusta – Family store and Kroc Center both sustained damage. Provided food service to Trinity on the Hill, Brigham Community Center, Patriots Park, Warrant Community Center, Pinehill Middle School, and the EOC. Distributed 1,950 meals and spiritual and emotional care for 50 people.

As of Tuesday evening, September 12, 28,502 meals, 35,899 drinks and 16,875 snacks, and 7,478 contacts for spiritual and emotional care have been provided.

Those who want to help people directly affected by recent hurricanes are asked to donate in the following ways:

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Text to give: text STORM to 51555

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit
www.disaster.salvationarmymusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter
@SalArmyEDS.

ATLANTA, GA (September 12, 2017) – The people of Georgia hunkered down as a weaker, but still fierce, Irma cut a path of destruction through Georgia last night and into the early morning. In her wake, Irma left downed trees and power lines that left many without power and damage to homes and businesses. Before and during the storm, The Salvation Army was serving at 33 shelters across the state. Today is a day of continued service and assessment for The Salvation Army to determine how best to counter Irma’s impact.

As The Salvation Army’s Georgia Incident Management Team (IMT), located in Atlanta, assesses Irma’s impact, they will determine the best deployment of its 18 mobile kitchens (canteens). Most canteens were already pre-staged ahead of the storm for quick response to anticipated areas of impact.

“Every team being deployed in Georgia can provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this weather event,” said Major Charles Powell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Georgia. “We’re uniquely positioned to provide support and relief to impacted areas throughout the state.”

An Incident Command Team deployed from the National Capital/Virginia Division arrives Wednesday with seven canteens to help with relief efforts in Georgia. Assessments are underway to determine the best deployment for these resources.

Coastal and Southern Georgia area service highlights:

  • Savannah Corps – provided feeding for Savannah Civic Center, Hunter Air Field and Southside Fire Department and Chatham County EOC. Served 850 meals and 1,300 drinks and snacks.
  • Brunswick – Glenn and McIntosh counties evacuated. No shelters
  • Albany – Provided services to Albany Civic Center; served 400 meals and 850 drinks and snacks.
  • Waycross – Provided food support to Ware County High School
  • Valdosta – Under voluntary evacuation orders. Power outages. EOC evacuated. Provided 200 meals and 450 drinks and snacks to Mathis Auditorium.
  • Thomasville – Provided food support at two locations; 8- meals and 125 drinks.
  • Tifton – Providing feeding services at the ABAC-Gressett Gym; distributed 580 meals and 1,200 drinks and snacks
  • Bainbridge – Provided food service to Decater County Memorial Colosseum; distributed 150 meals and 100 drinks and snacks

Metro Atlanta, central and north Georgia:

  • Metro Atlanta Area Command – Red Shield residents staying in during the day Monday and Tuesday. Accepting overflow of homeless from Atlanta shelters, if needed.
  • Central GA Command (Macon) – Provided food support to Brooks East Macon Center, North Park Community Center, Frank Johnson Community Center, and Memorial Park; distributed 2,000 meals and 4,200 drinks and snacks.
  • Columbus – Providing services to Civic Center; distributed 370 meals and 250 drinks

“The Salvation Army in Georgia is ready to respond aggressively and serve compassionately to help those impacted by Irma,” said IMT Commander Major Douglas McClure,  “We hope to send multiple feeding units in the coming days to support the residents of each community who need help and hope. Our love and prayers go out to each of them.”

As of Monday evening, September 11 15,975, meals, 17,631 snacks, 9,773 drinks, and 4,758 contacts for spiritual and emotional care have been provided.

Those who want to help people directly affected by recent hurricanes are asked to donate in the following ways:

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Text to give: text STORM to 51555

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmymusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

Salvation Army Staged for Deployment as Hurricane Irma Heads for Georgia

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (September 11, 2017) – The Salvation Army in Georgia is ready to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers as Hurricane Irma makes its way up the western Florida coast Sunday and Monday and impacts Georgia late Monday afternoon. Disaster units are staged and ready to serve, and additional resources outside Georgia are ready to mobilize and offer additional assistance as needed.

A total of 18 mobile kitchens (canteens) – each with the capacity to serve an average of 750 meals per day – are either currently staged in, or ready to deploy to, anticipated impact areas throughout the state. An Incident Management Team (IMT) is positioned in Atlanta to coordinate the ongoing disaster response, but is ready to move closer to impacted areas if needed.

“We are staging critical relief supplies in key locations in preparation and will deploy close to the worst affected areas in the coming days,” said Major Douglas McClure, The Salvation Army Georgia Incident Management Team Commander. “We are grateful to our partners during times of disaster who provide essential disaster supplies.”

As Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared the entire state of Georgia under a state of emergency today ahead of Irma’s appearance, Salvation Army units throughout the state are working closely with local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and community partners. Many have opened their doors as emergency shelters and others are supporting city and American Red Cross shelter operations with mass feeding.

Currently, The Salvation Army in Georgia has served over 4,000 meals, 7,000 snacks and beverages, and provided emotional and spiritual care to over 3,000 individuals.

“The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that find themselves in the path of the storm,” said McClure. “Georgia can rest assured The Salvation Army is here and committed to serving the needs of those impacted as long as is needed.”

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

For the latest information on The Salvation Army disaster response, please visit www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyGeorgia and www.twitter.com/TSAGeorgia

Signs of Hope

Hope is an amazing thing. It can take a person by the hand and lead them out of the depths of despair. It can raise up a community out of unthinkable disaster. And it can bless us with immeasurable spiritual riches in the midst of desperate times.

When Hurricane Harvey hit the tiny coastal town of Port Lavaca, Texas, many people found themselves dazed and confused. In the aftermath of the storm, their little community was left for a time with no power, tainted water, and scarce, if any, word as to how bad the situation was in their little corner of Texas. Uncertainty prevailed.

But imagine facing the storm when you cannot hear or communicate with anyone to express your fear or how much you need help. There is no aloneness like silence in a raging storm. No more feeling of hopelessness than not being able to make yourself understood in a life-threatening situation.

“What do you want?” The Salvation Army canteen volunteers asked. “How many meals?” Trying a little louder they asked the woman energetically motioning to them, “Are you OK?”

With increased worry and frantic expressions, the woman signed to the volunteers that she was deaf, but to no avail. The volunteers did not understand what she communicating to them in sign language – I AM DEAF.

Peering through the canteen window, new soldier and recent Baylor University graduate, Laura Stevenson, saw the commotion just below her. She quickly stepped out of the canteen and approached the deaf woman signing “It’s OK, I’ve been signing for five years! What do you want?”

Worry and tension faded into joy and laughter as the woman signed back to Laura, “I did not know you would have people who signed – this is amazing!”

The following signing conversations were filled with more joy and laughter as the woman signs to Laura of her desperate situation. “My house is completely destroyed. If you did not have food, I would not have been able to eat today,” she signed. As Laura signs back to her that The Salvation Army will be here for as long as the community needs and that she can come as many times as she wants, her hope was restored.

According to Laura, signing is a very conceptual language and much of it is beyond words. Laura says she never got the deaf woman’s name. Maybe names are not that important when hope and joy transcend uncertainty and despair.

Laura and her husband Tyler, a Salvation Army Mission Specialist at the Waco, Texas corps, plan to become Salvation Army officers and look forward to entering Evangeline Booth College next year. “We love helping people and being a part of what The Salvation Army stands for,” says Laura, “because we are known for being the hands and feet of Christ.”

Yes, it is a very bright and hopeful sign that the mission of The Salvation Army, to share the Gospel and help others in their time of need, will steadfastly march on with people like the Stevenson’s joining the ranks.

How you can give help and hope

The best way to give help and hope after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mail Checks to:

The Salvation Army PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks.

Text to Give: STORM to 51555