Photo Credit: NOAA National Hurricane Center
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 1, 2020) –The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane ISAIAS as it continues to make its way toward the United States. The future track of ISAIAS is yet uncertain, but current models are showing the storm making a northward then northeastward turn toward the east coast. All local Salvation Army locations are readying for response if the storm impacts the Carolinas.
“We have alerted all Salvation Army locations to closely monitor the storm and to be ready for local response,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina. “At this point we are watching, waiting, and preparing for service. We pray that our preparations will not be necessary, but we are ready when called by our emergency management partners.”
In a disaster, The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional support to first responders and disaster survivors. Part of the planning and preparation for this hurricane season with the COVID-19 pandemic is to maintain the safety of their workers, volunteers and those The Salvation Army serves by adopting procedures and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including the use of face coverings or masks, hand sanitizer and the practice of physical distancing.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents in potentially vulnerable areas to review personal safety plans, become familiar with local evacuation zones in coastal counties, and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes. Information is available at www.scemd.org and www.readync.org. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.