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.”

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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 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.

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