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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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The Salvation Army Responding to Tornadoes in Douglas, GA

DOUGLAS, GA (April 26, 2021) – The Salvation Army Georgia Division is responding to communities in the Douglas, GA area affected by an EF-2 tornado that hit the area Saturday night. Initial damage assessments determined 50-60 structures majorly or totally destroyed. The tornado was on the ground for 8.2 miles and had a max width of 360 yards.

Today, The Salvation Army started providing meals to those impacted and displaced by the tornado and utility workers.

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The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Work Continues in Georgia

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Since last Saturday, a Salvation Army Incident Management Team (IMT) has worked from The Salvation Army Service Center located in Newnan, Georgia to help those…

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The Good Work of The Salvation Army of Georgia Disaster Relief Continues in Newnan, GA

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The Salvation Army Georgia Division Responding to Tornadoes

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The Salvation Army Georgia Division Responding to Tornadoes

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Lt. Paula Blevins said her group also took food, snacks, and hydration, distributed tarps, and provided emotional and spiritual care to those affected by these storms.

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‘I’d Rather Not Leave’ – Savannah Salvation Army Resident Helps in Relief Effort

Savannah, GA (September 5, 2019) – For 119 years, the red shield of The Salvation Army has been a symbol of hope and help to the people of Savannah, Georgia. Through the good times and bad, The Salvation Army in Savannah has been a steady and consistent fortress of refuge for those experiencing personal and natural disasters in life.

Savannah is located on the upper Georgia coast, nestled comfortably just before the South Carolina state line. It has endured its share of hurricanes over the years, but when Hurricane Dorian mushroomed into the second most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record and set it course toward Georgia’s largest coastal city, The Salvation Army put their emergency disaster services in high gear.

“Hurricanes are unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared if one is headed your way,” says Major Paul Egan, The Salvation Army Savannah Corps Officer, “Dorian was a powerful storm and we help during these times by providing feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to Emergency Operations Centers, disaster responders, and evacuees.”

Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended a state of emergency to 21 counties in South Georgia and declared a mandatory evacuation for individuals living east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties. Among the evacuees were sixty Savannah Salvation Army rehabilitation center shelter residents who were evacuated to The Salvation Army’s shelter in Augusta…except for Bobby Harding. Bobby did not want to leave – he wanted to help.

Bobby is a barber by trade from Vidalia, Georgia, but at age 50, years of substance abuse had taken their toll and he found himself looking at a parole situation when he was given an opportunity to be part of The Salvation Army’s Corps Salvage and Rehabilitation Center in Savannah, Georgia. The CSRC is a Salvation Army ministry that helps those facing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse rise above their circumstances.

“The Salvation Army has been such a blessing to me,” says Bobby, “When the evacuation order came, I just did not want to go. There are a lot of people in this world who need help, and I wanted to be there to help these people – to show them that somebody cares.”

Bobby and a few others from The Salvation Army’s Savannah rehabilitation center shelter program joined the dedicated Salvation Army officers and staff who stayed behind to serve their community in the face of the potential destructive forces from Hurricane Dorian.

“Bobby was always there with a smile, ready to do whatever was needed,” says Linda James, Business Director for The Salvation Army of Savannah, “He helped load and unload trucks, he helped feed evacuees, and pushed those in wheelchairs to help them during the evacuation process.”

Each day, in Salvation Army locations around the world, lives like Bobby are being transformed. Thanks to The Salvation Army, they discover a personal relationship with God, a deeper meaning to their existence, and a foundation of values.

“Bobby is a great example of what The Salvation Army can do in a person’s life,” says Major Egan, “Hurricane Dorian may have brushed by us this time, but we will be ready for whatever the next hurricane brings, and if it comes by anytime soon, I’m sure Bobby will be there with us again, serving our community in their in time of need.”

To date, The Salvation Army has served 6,000 meals, 8,100 drinks and 6,400 snacks to first responders and evacuees in 11 locations across Georgia located in Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Douglas, and Waycross.

“Bobby and the rest of us will all be here to help evacuees as they return to Savannah,” says James.

Hurricane Dorian lashed out at the Georgia Coast as it passed by far enough offshore to spare Georgians from its full wrath. However, others were severely impacted by this year’s second Atlantic hurricane.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those impacted by this massive hurricane,” says Major Egan, “But I know that wherever people are impacted from this storm, The Salvation Army will be there.”

How you can help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian

The best way to help survivors and relief workers in a disaster is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Dorian relief:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Designate ‘2019 Hurricane – Dorian’ on all checks