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Salvation Army Carolinas Continues Serving Outer Banks after Dorian

Washington, N.C. (September 12, 2019) — The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Dorian continues in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Today, four Salvation Army mobile feeding units and crews of trained Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers are serving meals, drinks, and providing spiritual care on Ocracoke Island, in Hatteras Village, and Dare County.

Power in the Outer Banks is restored for most of the area. The Salvation Army is feeding residents as they clean-up from the historic storm surge and disaster clean-up crews as they continue working along the coast. 

Emotional and spiritual care is also a focus for the Salvation Army teams serving along the Outer Banks. Trained ESC (emotional and spiritual care) caregivers are on the ground in door-to-door ministry on Ocracoke to provide a cold drink and encouraging words to residents as they restore their lives.

During disaster, pre-existing partnerships and relationships are essential to meeting the needs of people who are in the most need. The Salvation Army is working along the Outer Banks in collaboration with the North Carolina Baptist on Mission and the American Red Cross.

Salvation Army officers and staff work long before disaster strikes to begin and maintain these relationships. The Salvation Army will continue to partner with local and state government and agencies as communities continue to assess impacts from the storm.

In response to Hurricane Dorian, The Salvation Army in the Carolinas has provided:

  • 26,289 Meals
  • 32,986 Drinks
  • 10,488 Snacks
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care to 1,251 people
  • 9,448 hours of employee and volunteer service
    **Stats as of 9:00 a.m. 9.12.19

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.

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When the Storm Came – A Hurricane Dorian Rescue

Ocracoke, N.C. (September 10, 2019)–Residents are returning to the small island of Ocracoke after Hurricane Dorian swept over the island, causing flash flooding from storm surge. The 1,200 residents of the island have experienced hurricanes before, but the flooding from Dorian was historic.

During door-to-door ministry, Salvation Army emotional and spiritual caregivers met Lynnette Waller on her porch as she was taking a break from cleaning up the mess the storm surge Dorian left behind. As they visited, Lynette shared her story.

“At first, it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I thought it was over,” she recalled. “Then, in the middle of the night, I woke up and noticed the floor was wet. I walked into the living room and looked outside to discover floodwater up to the porch. I struggled to open the door because it was held shut by water. So I turned around and by the time I walked back to my chair, the water was up to my knees! At that point, I knew I could not stay any longer in the house so I walked outside to the porch. My neighbor waved to me and we tried to figure out how to get me out of the house. Thankfully, they called the fire department where a boat was brought out. The boat came right up to the porch where I was able to get off the house. The entire time, I kept thinking, ‘When am I going to wake up? Is this really happening?’”

After the fire department rescued Lynnette from her home, the Coast Guard flew Lynnette off of the island to a shelter in Elizabeth City. Her brother Gene picked her up the next day.

“I believe my sister’s house may be a total loss, but we are holding out hope,” he said. “My father built that house for us in 1958. The bones are good. I believe we will be able to reclaim it.”

Lynnette added, “I am really thankful for all The Salvation Army is doing here, we could not recover without your help.”

Pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Lynnette and Gene and offered words of hope and encouragement, reassuring them that would come back to check on them in the following days.

The physical support of food and water that The Salvation Army provides is necessary; the emotional and spiritual support is life-giving. Specially trained Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care providers are working along the Outer Banks in the aftermath of Dorian, praying, sharing resources, and giving hope to people who are working to recover from the storm.

The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is uniquely positioned to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our network of trained disaster staff and volunteers are deployed to several locations across all potentially affected areas, in preparation to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.  We are grateful to NC Baptist on Mission and the American Red Cross for the partnership in providing meals to Salvation Army canteens for lunch and dinner.

If you would like to donate towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.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.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors after Hurricane Dorian

Ocracoke, N.C. (September 9, 2019)–A light blue SUV drove into the parking lot of the Ocracoke Fire Station where The Salvation Army was serving meals for residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Couches, clothes, mountains of mattresses, and other debris littered the street leading to the fire station, evidence of the storm that blew through the Outer Banks of North Carolina just two days before. Ocracoke resident Carol Paul got out of the van, first stopping to pick up clean-up supplies from the community center and then hot meals from The Salvation Army to deliver to her neighbors.

“Thank you for the hot meals you are providing our community,” she said with a smile. “When I came back to the Island, there was destruction everywhere! No power, people’s belongings were all over. I was lucky. My cars were not swept away by the storm. But some of my neighbors….they weren’t as lucky.”

Pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Carol and she turned to begin her deliveries of hot food and supplies to her neighbors.

As she walked away, the breeze was blowing gently and waves were lapping the shore. Nature had seemingly returned to normal, yet normal will take weeks for the residents here as they recover from Dorian. In the meantime, small things are of the utmost importance. A hot meal. Cleaning supplies. An air-conditioned community center. Charging stations for mobile devices.

The Salvation Army is on Ocracoke Island and other places along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, serving residents who are restoring their lives after Hurricane Dorian. We are there to provide a meal and a cold drink and hope dring a difficult time. We are The SALVATION Army, here to meet human need in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination.

The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is uniquely positioned to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our network of trained disaster staff and volunteers are deployed to several locations across all potentially affected areas, in preparation to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.

If you would like to donate towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.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.

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Salvation Army Family Store opens in Tampa’s Town ‘n Country

Salvation Army Family Store opens in Tampa‘s Town ’n Country

By: S. Richard Hodder

The new Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center opened Aug. 3 at 8519 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

During the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Majors John and Katherine Reed, Tampa ARC administrators, emphasized the good that the six Family Stores are doing in the communities of Brandon, Lakeland, South Tampa, Tampa, Town ‘n Country and Wesley Chapel. Majors Gary and Elizabeth Wilson, who lead all 23 adult rehabilitation centers throughout the USA Southern Territory, also welcomed the store’s first customers.

Named for its location, the Town ‘n Country Family Store promotes the Tampa Bay Area’s sustainability efforts to care for the environment by recycling items people no longer want. What once was taking up valuable storage space in homes and businesses can now be donated to the store to be recycled and in turn keep more gently used items from being transported to waste collection sites.

The store also enables people on tight budgets to purchase necessary items they normally could not afford. For example, many clothing items, some manufactured by name brands, cost only a few dollars. In addition, when people shop on any Wednesday, they can buy clothes, shoes, belts, ties and linens for 50 percent off their normal prices during the weekly Family Day Sale.

Besides serving donors and shoppers patronizing the store, the revenue generated helps those who have lost the ability to care for themselves. Ravaged by substance afflictions, people can rebuild their lives at The Salvation Army Tampa Adult Rehabilitation

Center without having any out-of-pocket costs. The store’s funds help cover all their expenses at the ARC for up to one full year, where they participate in a long-term, faith-based, 12-step, residential rehabilitation program to receive the aid and education needed to transform into productive members of society.

At the Tampa ARC, hurting people find a safe place to heal their broken lives. Over 40 percent of the residents stay at least six months to graduate from the basic rehabilitation program. Living in a clean, wholesome setting with compassionate staff and sponsors to lean on, 195 women and men get a second chance to become healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Richard Hodder is the community relations and development coordinator for the Tampa ARC.

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Salvation Army Carolinas Serving Meals to Communities Impacted by Dorian

Charlotte, N.C. (September 7, 2019)—Today, Salvation Army mobile feeding units and crews of trained Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers are serving meals, drinks, and providing spiritual care in coastal areas of northeast North Carolina and in the Charleston area of South Carolina. In addition, at the invitation of local emergency management, several Salvation Army mobile feeding units are on standby for service on Okracoke Island, in Hatteras, and Dare County in North Carolina’s Outer Banks where storm surge from Hurricane Dorian caused flash-flooding and stranded many local residents.

Currently, power crews are working around the clock to get power on for approximately 90,000 customers in the Carolinas. No power means people do not have a way to cook and refrigerated food may spoil. The Salvation Army is serving in the community to provide meals to families and individuals who need a hot meal to hold them over until the power has been restored.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel and meet human needs in the name of Jesus Christ. Providing food for people in need is one way The Salvation Army meets its mission worldwide. During a disaster, The Salvation Army uses its long experience of mass feeding to provide nourishment to people before, during, and after the disaster. 

We feed before a disaster…
Before the disaster, first responders assembled in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) to coordinate response and in staging areas to mobilize in communities. Even before Hurricane Dorian impacted the Carolinas, The Salvation Army was serving hot meals and cold drinks in EOCs across both states so emergency management officials could continue their important work.

The Salvation Army also served food to displaced residents compelled to seek shelter before a disaster because they live in vulnerable areas. Through close coordination with local government and disaster service agencies, The Salvation Army was there to meet the immediate needs of evacuees.

We feed after the disaster…
After the disaster, The Salvation is in the community as soon as the roads are clear to provide the physical comfort of a hot meal and a cool drink and the emotional and spiritual comfort that our specially trained caregivers provide. The Salvation Army is there in the community to provide meals to families and individuals so their resources can go toward restoring and rebuilding their lives.

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.

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Salvation Army Carolinas Assessing Community Needs Along Coast

Charlotte, N.C. (September 6, 2019)—Salvation Army commands from the North and South Carolina coastline are assessing the needs in their communities today as the track of Hurricane Dorian continues a path along the North Carolina coastline. Wind, storm surge, rainfall, and the threat of tornados continue as a Hurricane Warning remains in effect for portions of the North Carolina coast.

Currently, power outages across the two states are significant; however, crews are working tirelessly to restore these outages. Three mobile feeding units in Charleston, South Carolina will begin roving through communities to provide food and drinks to people without power. The Salvation Army continues to receive requests from local emergency management partners as the day progresses and unmet needs are realized.

During a disaster, pre-existing partnerships and relationships are essential to meeting the needs of people who are in the most need. Salvation Army officers and staff work long before disaster strikes to begin and maintain these relationships. The Salvation Army will continue to partner with local and state government and agencies as communities continue to assess impacts from the storm.

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.

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.

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'I'd Rather Not Leave' Savannah Salvation Army Resident Helps in Relief Effort

Savannah, GA (September 5, 2019) – For 119 years, the red shield of The Salvation Army has been a symbol of hope and help to the people of Savannah, Georgia. Through the good times and bad, The Salvation Army in Savannah has been a steady and consistent fortress of refuge for those experiencing personal and natural disasters in life.

Savannah is located on the upper Georgia coast, nestled comfortably just before the South Carolina state line. It has endured its share of hurricanes over the years, but when Hurricane Dorian mushroomed into the second most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record and set its course toward Georgia’s largest coastal city, The Salvation Army of Georgia put their emergency disaster services in high gear.

“Hurricanes are unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared if one is headed your way,” says Major Paul Egan, The Salvation Army Savannah Corps Officer, “Dorian was a powerful storm and we help during these times by providing feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to Emergency Operations Centers, disaster responders, residents, and evacuees.”

Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended a state of emergency to 21 counties in South Georgia and declared a mandatory evacuation for individuals living east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties. Among the evacuees were sixty Savannah Salvation Army rehabilitation center shelter residents who were shuttled inland to the safety of The Salvation Army’s shelter in Augusta…except for Bobby Harding. Bobby did not want to leave – he wanted to help.

Bobby is a barber by trade from Vidalia, Georgia, but at age 50, years of substance abuse had taken their toll and he found himself looking at a parole situation when he was given an opportunity to be part of The Salvation Army’s Corps Salvage and Rehabilitation Center in Savannah, Georgia. The CSRC is a Salvation Army ministry that helps those facing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse rise above their circumstances.

“The Salvation Army has been such a blessing to me,” says Bobby, “When the evacuation order came, I just did not want to go. There are a lot of people in this world who need help, and I wanted to be there to help these people – to show them that somebody cares.”

Bobby and a few others from The Salvation Army’s Savannah rehabilitation center shelter program joined the dedicated Salvation Army officers and staff who stayed behind to serve their community in the face of the potential destructive forces from Hurricane Dorian.

“Bobby was always there with a smile, ready to do whatever was needed,” says Linda James, Business Director for The Salvation Army of Savannah, “He helped load and unload trucks, he helped feed evacuees, and pushed those in wheelchairs to help them during the evacuation process.”

Each day, in Salvation Army locations around the world, lives like Bobby are being transformed. Thanks to The Salvation Army, they discover a personal relationship with God, a deeper meaning to their existence, and a foundation of values.

“Bobby is a great example of what The Salvation Army can do in a person’s life,” says Major Egan, “Hurricane Dorian may have brushed by us this time, but we will be ready for whatever the next hurricane brings, and if it comes by anytime soon, I’m sure Bobby will be there with us again, serving our community in their in time of need.”

To date, The Salvation Army has served 6,000 meals, 8,100 drinks and 6,400 snacks to first responders and evacuees in 11 locations across Georgia located in Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Douglas, and Waycross.

“Bobby and the rest of us will all be here to help evacuees as they return to Savannah,” says James.

Hurricane Dorian lashed out at the Georgia Coast as it passed by far enough offshore to spare Georgians from its full wrath. However, others were severely impacted by this year’s second Atlantic hurricane.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those impacted by this massive hurricane,” says Major Egan, “But I know that wherever people are impacted from this storm, The Salvation Army will be there.”

How you can help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian

The best way to help survivors and relief workers in a disaster is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Dorian relief:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Designate ‘2019 Hurricane – Dorian’ on all checks

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.

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Salvation Army Carolinas Continues Preparations Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Resources and trained emergency personnel ready to respond in the Carolinas

Charlotte, N.C. (September 4, 2019)—The North and South Carolina Division of The Salvation Army has increased its readiness level as Hurricane Dorian moves closer to the Carolinas coast. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Dorian will continue its track along the southeast coast and may move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning, bringing rain, wind, and flash-flooding and dangerous storm surge to the coast and inland.

The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has activated its trained network of disaster staff and volunteers for storm preparation and response.  At the request of local emergency management,  The Salvation Army is serving meals at EOC operations, evacuation shelters, and other mass feeding locations. In Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, Salvation Army liaisons have been dispatched to the state emergency operations center (EOC) to coordinate with other human services agencies and government partners.  An Incident Management Team (IMT) has been activated and is in place at DHQ in Charlotte (Command Center) to coordinate the divisional support to local response operations.

“The Salvation Army is putting its best foot forward to prepare for the impacts of this powerful storm,” said Lt. Colonel Jim Arrowood, divisional commander of The Salvation Army of the Carolinas.”Though the storm is still off of the Carolina coast, our trained officers, disaster services staff, and volunteers are ready to meet the needs of the communities and share the love of Jesus Christ to all.”

After the storm passes, damage reports have been received, and local needs have been determined, Emergency Disaster Services teams will relocate to areas in need and focus primarily on providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals, families, and first responders.

“We are praying for the safety of the people in the path of Hurricane Dorian,” added Lt. Colonel Arrowood. “We will continue to pray as we move into service to care for people. The healing power of our Savior is every bit as important as the physical needs we address.”

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.

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Salvation Army Volunteers Pack Clean-Up Kits As Hurricane Dorian Heads Up Florida Coast

LUTZ, FL (September 3, 2019) – Volunteers gathered at The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services warehouse in Tampa to pack clean-up kits for people impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The 5-gallon-buckets include trash bags, sponges, gloves, bleach, hand sanitizer, and more. Mops and brooms are also available for distribution with the kits.

As Tampa schools were closed in anticipation of the storm coming through the area, several Tampa-area teens decided to give back on their day off school.

“I volunteered because I feel like it’s important to give back, and I want to help people in the path of the hurricane,” says 15-year-old Emily Raines. “I feel like I’m privileged to have a good life and it’s easy to take what we have for granted.”

With the help of volunteers, The Salvation Army estimates more than 3,000 clean-up kits will be packed within just a few days. The destination of the kits remains unknown as needs arise in the Bahamas and are expected in several states across the U.S. east coast.

The Salvation Army has 30 mobile feeding units positioned across Florida with each mobile kitchen ready to serve 500-1,500 meals per day. Along with meals and clean-up kits, emotional and spiritual care would be provided to survivors and first responders.  

The Salvation Army continues to work with state and local emergency management officials throughout Florida to determine needs and coordinate resources.

For updates on The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

To support Hurricane Dorian relief:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Designate ‘Hurricane Dorian’ on all checks

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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.

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The Salvation Army of Georgia Activates as the Peach State Braces for Hurricane Dorian

Atlanta, GA (September 3, 2019) – The Salvation Army of Georgia activated feeding and hydration service to emergency disaster personnel and evacuees in coastal Georgia areas and around the state as Hurricane Dorian slowly churned northward just off the Florida coast. It is anticipated Hurricane Dorian will stay just off the Florida and Georgia coasts, but a small deviation inland could make a huge difference.

“The coastal areas of Georgia may be strongly impacted by Dorian’s intense winds and tidal surge,” says Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We continue to assess and evaluate the situation to ensure The Salvation Army are there for people in their time of need.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order for a mandatory evacuation for Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties and for a westerly traffic contraflow on Georgia I-16 to aid in the evacuation process. Many of these evacuees will need meals and drinks and the Salvation Army is ensuring they will be there for them to provide aid and comfort.

“The Salvation Army is currently supporting emergency disaster personnel, evacuees, and shelters across the state of Georgia with feeding and hydration services.” says Captain Jason Smith, Georgia Incident Commander. “In addition, every Salvation Army canteen in Georgia will be on alert and ready for deployment to help when and where needed.”

The Salvation Army has 18 canteens (mobile feeding units) positioned across Georgia, each capable of serving 500-1,500 meals per day and ready to deploy. The Salvation Army locations currently feeding emergency service personnel and evacuees and the anticipated number of people served include: Savannah – 2,000, Augusta – 1,200, Macon – 1,200, Columbus – 850, and Waycross – 250.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Hurricane Dorian Incident Management Team, currently located in Atlanta, GA, is in constant communication with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.

How You Can Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers in a disaster is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Dorian relief:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Designate ‘2019 Hurricane – Dorian’ on all checks

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.

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