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The Salvation Army Doubles Capacity to Serve in Times of Disaster

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Released 27 March 2012

Contact: Vicki Hastings
Public Relations Coordinator
The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command
407.423.8581, ext. 254 office

 The Salvation Army Doubles Capacity to Serve in Times of Disaster 
New mobile feeding unit will feed up to 3000 meals a day

Orlando, FL (March 27, 2012) - Since time began, humans have been attempting to predict the weather using everything from superstitions to high tech instruments.  While predictions vary, it is the responsibility of The Salvation Army, as a first-responder, to prepare for the worst and to pray for the best.    

 The Salvation Army in Orlando is committed to providing the best disaster relief services possible.  As a result of this commitment, the Orlando Area Command has been given a state-of-the-art, brand new mobile feeding unit, also known as a canteen.  This unit, and others like it, provides The Salvation Army its first level of response in a disaster.  It is the tool used to identify what, where, and how many are in need.  This allows The Salvation Army to target its rehabilitation to responders and survivors through rest, nourishment, and hydration. 

 Why is this canteen so great?  First of all, it increases the capacity for the Orlando Area Command to respond within its own community.  Additionally, it increases the capacity across the state when the Florida Division calls upon the Orlando disaster team to respond to a regional or national disaster.  This canteen has the capability of producing 3,000 meals per day, which is a 100% increase from the previous canteen.  It is loaded with commercial grade appliances; in that it has two convection ovens, two thirty gallon tilt skillets, two microwaves, and two commercial grade coffee makers. This canteen has been custom designed with work-flow and efficient production being at the top of the list for the layout of the kitchen area.  

This unit is going to be on display at the National Hurricane Conference, at the Hilton Orlando (6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819) on Tuesday, March 27th 9:30am-5:00pm; 6:30pm-7:30pm and on Wednesday, March 28th 9:30am-4:00pm.  The annual, National Hurricane Conference is "the nation's forum for education and professional training in hurricane and disaster preparedness." With an average of 2,000 attendees from around the country, the conference covers all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery. 

 For more information on Salvation Army canteens, visit and click on the "Training" tab at the top, go to section entitled "Podcasts," and look for "What is a Canteen?".  For more information on becoming a disaster volunteer visit and click on the "Join our Team" button on the right of the screen. The Salvation Army in Orlando will also be hosting free disaster training March 30th and 31st.  Call or email Wendy Hu for details at 407.423.8581 x 215 or     




About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


Funding, in part, provided by the Heart of Florida United Way, the City or Orlando, and Orange County.







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