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Major Marshall Gesner
Metro Atlanta Area Commander
The Salvation Army, Georgia Division
The Salvation Army Georgia Division Prepares for Tropical Storm Emily
Emergency Disaster Services Workers Prepare for Touchdown
Norcross, GA (August 5, 2011) - The Georgia Division's Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services ("EDS") team is making preparation to serve those affected by Tropical Storm Emily as it approaches the coast of Florida. These teams are not only on standby and preparing to serve those impacted by Tropical Storm Emily, but also for the wake of the Hurricane Season. Experts say, "Tropical Storm Emily is moving very slowly across the island of Hispaniola." The latest forecast track shows the storm moving farther east out into the Atlantic and possibly avoiding the Georgia Coast.
Currently, The Salvation Army Georgia Division has 22 canteens (mobile feeding units) throughout the state that have been alerted and placed on standby to provide materials, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors. Mobile kitchen and canteen units are capable of serving up to 1,500 meals per day.
Major Jim Smith, the Georgia Division's Emergency Disaster Services Director said, "While we don't expect this storm to greatly impact communities on the Georgia coast, we have alerted all of our local units with canteens to be prepared for deployment at a moment's notice in case we need to give assistance to our neighbors in Florida."
The Salvation Army continues to monitor the situation and stands ready to serve as needed. Major Smith has also advised local Corps and Service Centers who activated volunteers in response to the April tornadoes to reconnect with those volunteers and prepare them in the event they are asked to deploy during this storm.
Media is welcome to visit their local Salvation Army to photograph, video, and interview Corps Officers and Service Center Directors to learn more about how The Salvation Army responds to natural disasters as well as the economic disasters we address daily.
For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.o rg and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.
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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.salvationarmygeorgia.org.