From our National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia â€“ The Salvation Army is getting ready for Isaac’s landfall by prepping emergency response teams and supplies in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other nearby states. Meteorologists are anticipating that Isaac will make landfall tomorrow, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
As we usually do, The Salvation Army is prepared to not only provide food and hydration, but also emotional and spiritual care to anyone who may be impacted by Isaac.
â€œWe are taking every precaution to make sure that anyone who is impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac â€“ resident or emergency responder â€“ has all they need to make it through the storm, physically and spiritually,â€ said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. â€œOur personnel are taking the storm very seriously and will be ready to respond and move into impacted areas to provide needed support.â€
We’ve already been busy helping those impacted by Isaac over the weekend in Florida. The storm left thousands of Floridians without power and caused flooding in low-lying areas. The Salvation Army helped prepare meals and served hundreds at shelters throughout the Florida Keys and in the Tampa area.
Salvation Army emergency and disaster personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are closely monitoring the storm track. The Army has 24 mobile feeding units and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate deployment to the affected communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Each canteen, currently staged in Hattiesburg, MS, can serve 22,000 meals per day.
In addition to feeding and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
â€¢ Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
â€¢ Hygiene kits
â€¢ Shower units
â€¢ First-aid supplies
â€¢ Emotional/spiritual care
If you’re in the stormâ€™s path, please prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of all warnings and evacuation orders! Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Text to Give option – Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, â€œYes.â€
Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
Want to know why we request financial gifts during disaster? Here’s why: