Columbia, S.C. (September 29, 2017)—The Salvation Army of the Midlands in Columbia, SC is providing hydration, snacks, meals and emotional & spiritual care to response personnel at the Federal Coordinating Center (FCC) as they prepare to support the transfer of patients from areas affected by hurricane activity. The Salvation Army response was requested by the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Coordinator. Since service began on Saturday, September 23, more than 900 meals have been served.
During a disaster, The Salvation Army works in close coordination with state and local emergency management to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors. In addition, The Salvation Army in North and South Carolina participates in annual Emergency Management training exercises, both at the state level and locally as requested by emergency management officials.
“Our trained emergency disaster response personnel are ready to support our government partners and agencies,” said Major Henry Morris, commanding officer for The Salvation Army of the Midlands. “Whether it is a state preparedness exercise, or to provide support with meals, water, and emotional and spiritual care to responders in the field, The Salvation Army is here, ready to serve.”
The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina has 20 mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) with trained Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers ready to mobilize effectively and efficiently to support disaster survivors and first responders.
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.