THE SALVATION ARMY DEPLOYS INCIDENT COMMAND TEAM 08/09/2008
Baton Rouge, LA
"This is the office of the Louisiana Attorney General. We have Attorney General Inspectors on the ground in a retirement community of about 200 who have not received meals since the storm. Is there anyway you can get food to them?"
"We will be departing with food and drinks in less than 20 minutes..." said Operations Officer Captain Paul Gilliam of Owensboro, Kentucky.
Captain Gilliam turned to the incident command team, and continued, "OK, I need 250 meals in route in 20 minutes. How do we do it?"
We did it, and served it side-by-side with Inspectors for the Attorney General "Buddy" Caldwell's office. Grateful faces of senior citizens and those with special needs, collected their hot lunches and extra sandwiches. They reluctantly departed, but with our promise to return with a hot dinner and more water.
Together we served a total of 283 meals and 150 drinks for lunch. A canteen is already loaded and returning to the site for dinner. The Salvation Army is committed to meeting those needs as long as it exists.
Captain Gilliam is in Baton Rouge to bring his experience and skill-set to meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Gustav. For two-weeks, he will serve as the main ‘problem-solver' for the numerous obstacles encountered when initiating a disaster response.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims, please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.
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