Salvation Army braces for second hurricane response in one week
ALEXANDRIE, Virginia, August 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Salvation Army Disaster Emergency Services personnel prepare resources to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders in Gulf Coast communities. Hurricane Ida, the first major hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in 2021, is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of the United States on Sunday 29 August.
“We are no strangers to hurricanes like Ida,” said the director of disaster emergency services for the Salvation Army’s Southern Territory, Jeff Jellets. âPreparations for this storm come amid long-term relief efforts underway for the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida after recent thunderstorms. The immediate impacts could be devastating, but the long-term impacts could be tragic. ”
Ida is expected to bring hurricane-force winds capable of knocking down trees, widespread power outages, structural damage, and a 7-11 foot storm surge. Heavy rains are also expected to reach 8 to 16 inches, with isolated totals of 20 inches from Sunday to Monday, which could trigger flash floods and river flooding that could persist for days after the storm. âThe continued generosity of the public is essential to enable our organization to serve those affected for as long as we need them,â Jellets said.
With a presence in almost every postal code nationwide, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond with services tailored to the needs of the local community. In preparation for response efforts, several steps have been taken to serve those affected:
- The locations of the incident command centers are being identified in the potential impact area.
- Mobile food units are being prepared for deployment to serve food, drink, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.
o Each mobile feeding unit can serve 500 to 1,500 meals per day.
- Fixed body locations are being prepared to provide nutrition and other necessary supports to those affected.
Additionally, Salvation Army disaster relief personnel work with federal, state, and local emergency management agencies and other partners to respond to and monitor ongoing impacts and evolve response efforts as needed. needs. In light of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has evolved service delivery with additional precautions such as social distancing at food distribution sites, adapted feeding patterns and updated requirements. personal protective equipment.
A digital media kit with current and historical assets of disaster emergency services can be found here.
For more information on the Salvation Army’s continued response, visit salutarmyusa.org or catastrophe.salvationarmyusa.org.
To make a financial donation to support ongoing disaster relief efforts:
- Donate online: give.helpsalvationarmy.org
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
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The Salvation Army helps 30 million Americans overcome poverty, drug addiction, and economic hardship each year 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 those in need, the Army of the Hi is doing the most good in 7,600 operations centers across the country. In times of disaster, 100 percent of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In the very first list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army has ranked as the largest privately funded nonprofit organization in the country. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.
SOURCE The Salvation Army