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 en route 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.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.