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Salvation Army Mobilizes Emergency Response Teams Ahead of Hurricane Isaac
Mobile Feeding Units and Kitchen Prepared to Serve More than 31,000 Daily Meals



Alexandria, Virginia (August 28, 2012)
– With Isaac officially upgraded to a category one hurricane, The Salvation Army is mobilizing its emergency response teams and supplies along the Gulf Coast in preparation for landfall. The storm is expected to continue gaining strength with storm surges and heavy rainfalls, with a path through New Orleans and the southeastern Louisiana coast later this evening or early Wednesday morning. The Salvation Army is prepared to provide food and hydration as well as emotional and spiritual care to anyone impacted by Hurricane Isaac.

“The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our emergency disaster response teams will continue to closely monitor the storm track and utilize our resources to reach survivors and first responders.”


The Salvation Army has 12 mobile feeding units, a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and up to 60 personnel staging in Hattiesburg, MS in advance of Hurricane Isaac, and an additional 12 feeding units are prepared to  deploy directly to affected areas immediately following the storm. Located roughly 70 miles inland, Hattiesburg provides a secure location to marshal Salvation Army forces, while also providing access to most coastal areas within two hours. The 24 mobile feeding units and the field kitchen have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals.


Additionally, The Salvation Army is continuing to prepare for possible impact along the Florida Panhandle. Throughout the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has already provided more than 1,600 meals, 1700 drinks, nearly 300 showers and 550 cases of spiritual and emotional care. Additionally, two mobile feeding units capable of serving 1,000 hot meals and cold bottled water are currently in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities following massive flooding and widespread power outages. The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and survivors with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.


The Salvation Army is also making necessary preparations to have additional personnel trained in spiritual and emotional care on the front lines, recognizing that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could be a significant problem in these communities. The unexpected nature of a storm, coupled with the stresses of evacuation, financial needs and rebuilding, can leave survivors physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. The Salvation Army’s ministry of presence provides compassionate care to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance from The Salvation Army.        


In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
•        Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
•        Hygiene kits
•        Shower units
•        First-aid supplies
•        Communications support


The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to 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).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” 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, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to 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).


For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Tropical Storm Isaac, please visit
http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.  



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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help."

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Fact sheet:





The Salvation Army USA National Fact Sheet & Talking Points -- Hurricane Isaac

8-28-12



For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, please visit
www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.  

Updates


The Salvation Army is preparing for Hurricane Isaac as it makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico, with landfall expected on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

·        The Salvation Army is staging emergency response teams in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states.

·        The Salvation Army has 24 mobile feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and up to 60 personnel who have begun staging in Hattiesburg, MS and elsewhere in advance of Hurricane Isaac.
o        These units have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals.

o        The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of canteens and supply warehouses throughout the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are 270 of these units in the southern United States alone.

·        In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

o        Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies

o        Hygiene kits

o        Shower units

o        First-aid supplies

o        Communications support

·        Since Saturday, throughout the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has already provided:

o        1619 meals

o        1770 drinks

o        296 showers

o        554 cases of emotional and spiritual care

·        Additionally, two canteens capable of serving 1,000 hot meals and cold bottled water are currently in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities in Florida following massive flooding and widespread power outages.

·        The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and survivors with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.


Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

·        Donors are encouraged to give online at
www.SalvationArmyUSA.orgor by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
·        You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

·        Checks should be designated to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”


·        Those interested in volunteering should register at
www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.

·        At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to 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).


Your donations make a real difference.

·        A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.

·        A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
·        A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

·        A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

·        A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day


The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s largest providers of disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the country each year.

·        Hurricane Katrina (August 2005): The Salvation Army provided more than 5.6 million meals to survivors and first responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million people were assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual care.

·        Haitian Earthquake (January 2010): The Salvation Army packaged and delivered more than 10 million meals to Haiti, and more than 27,000 survivors were treated at Salvation Army medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed approximately 8,000 hygiene kits.

·        U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The Salvation Army served nearly one million meals and distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000 people received emotional and spiritual care.


Salvation Army Statements


Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary

·        “The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve.”

·        “Our emergency disaster response teams will continue to closely monitor the storm track and utilize our resources to reach survivors and first responders.”


Major Thomas McWilliams, Area Commander for Palm Beach County, FL

·        “The Salvation Army volunteers and staff are serving meals to those impacted by this natural disaster but most importantly are there for emotional and spiritual care for those needing prayer or a kind word.”

·        “We encourage all residents to work cooperatively with city and county officials to report flooding and power outages or to request aide for their community,”



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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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