Kentucky And Tennessee Prepare For Support In The Wake Of Hurricane Dorian

Louisville, Kentucky —Specialized equipment and trained personnel from across The Salvation Army’s Kentucky and Tennessee Division have been activated for deployment in response to the anticipated devastation from Hurricane Dorian, a storm of historic proportion.  

Representatives and equipment from both Kentucky and Tennessee have been activated for the initial wave of support, including:

  • A mobile feeding unit and personnel from Danville, Kentucky
  • A mobile feeding unit and personnel from Clarksville, Tennessee
  • A mobile feeding unit and personnel from Memphis, Tennessee
  • Personnel from Hardinsburg, Kentucky
  • Personnel from Jackson, Tennessee

Additional response equipment and personnel in both states have been placed on stand-by, along with others across the Southeastern United States, as we closely monitor Hurricane Dorian’s path.  

 “The Salvation Army has a long history of serving in disasters, from tornadoes and flooding to 9/11 and Katrina.  Our service footprint means we have resources nearby and can pull in additional help when needed.  We are where the need is, and while we can’t be sure of Dorian’s path, it is clear there is going to be need in her wake.” said Major Art Penhale, the Divisional Commander (leader) for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army.

Salvation Army personnel work closely with local, state, and federal officials to ensure resources and services are focused where needed most.   Those departing within the next couple days are part of a network of strategically placed equipment and trained responders allowing for effective and efficient response in times of disaster. 

Even as the canteens (mobile feeding units) and personnel are prepared to depart, their destination is uncertain.   “The situation is changing hour-by-hour.  The current projections call for hundreds of miles of coastal communities at-risk even if the eye doesn’t come ashore,” said Bo Sells, the Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee.    “We know we are deploying, but not sure if we are heading to Florida, Georgia, or the Carolinas.”

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “Hurricane Dorian.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted.   

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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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