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DISASTERS—PERSONAL AND PUBLIC

September 10, 2008

Working Miracles Every Day

Baton Rouge, LA: BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.” This sound can so often annoy us, especially when a favorite song is playing on the radio. This is a sound that reminds us of the delicate balance between man and nature. This is a sound for which The Salvation Army prepares.

Emergency Disaster Services is what The Salvation Army does EVERY DAY. It is most visible when we respond to the community-wide disasters that strike indiscriminately. But far more often, The Salvation Army responds to very personal disasters. Last year in Baton Rouge, The Salvation Army responded to 17,183 personal disasters.

On September 1, 2008 The Salvation Army was already in place to respond to Hurricane Gustav. The Salvation Army has been actively involved in meeting the changing needs of Greater Baton Rouge. A significant part of that disaster service is the distribution of 155,625 meals thus far.

The Salvation Army is also distributing clean-up kits, food boxes, and providing basic social services from their thrift store from their center at 7631 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. This distribution will take place between 9:00 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday; until either the need, or the supply is exhausted.

The Salvation Army plans extensively for disasters—large and small. Hurricanes, tornados, floods, homelessness, addictions, and hunger; The Salvation Army prepares for them all. Even as The Salvation Army continues its response to Gustav—moving into recovery efforts—there is a Salvation Army force mobilizing to respond to Ike.

“...the Emergency Broadcast System…” and “…thank you for calling The Salvation Army…” Both may be followed by an announcement of a disaster. Both are for systems that make preparations for those disasters. In times of disaster, both are followed by the steps for safety and success.

The Salvation Army in Baton Rouge is working every day to meet those disasters—large and small…public and private.

HURRICANE GUSTAV
SERVICE-AT-A-GLANCE

  • Service Day 10
    • 18,255 Meals Served Today
    • 6,752 Snacks Served Today
    • 12,088 Drinks Served Today
  • 155,625 Total Meals Served-To-Date
    • 65,383 Meals Served in East Baton Rouge Parish
    • 22,282 Meals Served in West Baton Rouge Parish
    • 17,078 Meals Served in Livingston Parish
    • 22,896 Meals Served in Iberville Parish
    • 8,709 Meals Served in Ascension Parish
    • 6,475 Meals Served in Pointe Coupee Parish
    • 2,138 Meals Served in St. Mary's Parish
    • 6,984 Meals Served in East Feliciana
    • 2,680 Meals Served in West Feliciana
  • 14,957 Total Hours Served-To-Date
  • 18 Canteens in service in Greater Baton Rouge
    • Plus an additional four (4) canteens rotating for maintenance
    • Five (5) canteens released to Texas, staging for Ike.
  • 3 Cooking Kitchens
    • Two Baptist Kitchens
    • One Salvation Army Kitchen
  • 83 additional Salvation Army workers currently in Baton Rouge to serve
    • Plus an additional 87 staff and program participants already here

Countless lives touched in the 103 years The Salvation Army has been serving Baton Rouge

For details on canteen feeding locations or Salvation Army distribution, contact The Salvation Army at 225-355-4483.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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INTO THE LIGHT

September 9, 2008

Baton Rouge, LA: As the lights come up, The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of Greater Baton Rouge.

In the Bible and throughout history, light symbolizes the good in any given situation. In times of disaster, it is no different. Light coming on is news. It is one of the tools used to determine progress toward recovery. Light is strived for. Baton Rouge is marching into the light.

As The Salvation Army’s 25 canteens went into seven Parishes of Greater Baton Rouge, they too ‘saw the light’ in many of those communities. “It’s good to see lights on, but there is still a need for you all out here,” said Frances while in the line at The Salvation Army canteen in Addis, Louisiana. Of course, Frances is right, The Salvation Army has a long history of meeting needs in and around Baton Rouge…‘tomorrow’ will be no different.

Today, in the light and heat of Greater Baton Rouge, The Salvation Army distributed 18,029 cold drinks, 9,402 snacks, and 22,453 hot meals. “Shrimp etouffee. I never expected to get that on from one of your trucks,” said Buddy when he picked up his dinner from The Salvation Army canteen in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

As a sense of normalcy comes back to Baton Rouge—work, school, returning friends & family, and, of course, light—The Salvation Army is doing the same. Majors Stephen & Connie Long, the commanders here in Baton Rouge are moving toward the traditional role of The Salvation Army as a leading force of change in the lives of the less fortunate.

“Canteens will continue to serve in the communities where we are needed, but we are also going to start the other phases of social services that will allow our neighbors to get back to their life.” – Major Stephen Long.

The Salvation Army will have a supply of food boxes and ‘clean-up kits’ to aid in this effort as the light continues to grow. When you look ‘behind the red shield’ of The Salvation Army, you see the inner workings that facilitate change. For many, The Salvation Army is a light, and more importantly, for some it is a path to the light.

Tomorrow as the light shines—inside and out—Salvation Army canteens will once again be in Greater Baton Rouge serving hot meals and cold drinks, with a compassionate heart.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVES MORE THAN 100,000 MEALS IN BATON ROUGE

September 8, 2008

Baton Rouge, LA: Canteens, mobile kitchens, chase vehicles, and trailers—just some of the many things in Baton Rouge to help Salvation Army serve thousands of meals every day.

The Salvation Army has been meeting the needs in Baton Rouge for more than 103 years. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, there are successes behind the Red Shield. In times of disaster, these successes come faster than ever.

Today, the successes came in the form of 19,837 meals provided in Greater Baton Rouge. Add to that, the 16,977 drinks served, and 11,025 snacks. These hot and nutritious meals were taken into the communities by 26 Salvation Army canteens.

Part of The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human need whenever and wherever we find it. One of the things that separates how The Salvation Army meets that need is the ever-present component of Emotional & Spiritual Care. Each canteen crew has at least one person prepared to assist affected communities in this very personal way. The Salvation Army looks at the whole person to meet a spectrum of need.

With 108,292 meals served by The Salvation Army throughout Greater Baton Rouge, our work is just getting started. “There’s a lot of need out there, and a lot of different needs” – said Hagerstown, Maryland volunteer, Steve Janes when he rolled in with the rest of his canteen crew at 10:25 Monday night. Steve, a young man who volunteers with The Salvation Army in his hometown, saw this as an opportunity to bring his energy and spirit to those in need in Baton Rouge.

Steve Janes is just one of the 95 volunteers who wake up by 6:00 in the morning to get ready for a long day in Baton Rouge communities—totaling 1977 hours today alone. Immediately after the group meeting, things really get moving; the crazed beehive of activity swarming around 25 canteens is amazing to watch. The comparative calm is interrupted as the canteens come back empty after serving a hot lunch to more than 9500 people. The already tiring crew clean-out the canteen, and reload before heading back out to serve dinner—rain or shine.

The Salvation Army repeats that process every day with twenty five canteens, heading to locations in seven Parishes of Greater Baton Rouge.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVING AFTER GUSTAV AND PREPARING FOR IKE

September 7, 2008

Baton Rouge, LA: Even as The Salvation Army puts in long hours serving the needs of Greater Baton Rouge, the Incident Command Center is making contingency plans for The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Ike.

“We were here with Gustav, we are serving now, and we will be here to serve with Ike. The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge is here to meet human need in God’s name, whenever and wherever we find it.” – Major Stephen Long, Baton Rouge Commander.

SERVICE BY THE NUMBERS

  • Service Day Six
    • 19,434 Meals Served Today
    • 14,488 Snacks Served Today
    • 20,696 Drinks Served Today
  • 62,861 Total Meals Served-To-Date
    • 30,558 Meals Served in East Baton Rouge Parish
    • 6860 Meals Served in West Baton Rouge Parish
    • 8559 Meals Served in Livingston Parish
    • 11,017 Meals Served in Iberville Parish
    • 2904 Meals Served in Ascension Parish
    • 1492 Meals Served in Pointe Coupee Parish
    • 1471 Meals Served in St. Mary's Parish
  • 8192 Total Hours Served-To-Date
  • 25 Canteens in service today
  • 28 Canteens will be in service tomorrow
    • Plus an additional two (2) canteens rotating for maintenance
  • Two Cooking Kitchens
    • One Baptist Kitchens
    • One Salvation Army Kitchen
  • 71 Salvation Army workers brought into Baton Rouge to serve
    • Plus an additional 87 staff and program participants already here
    • Countless lives touched in the 103 years The Salvation Army has been serving Baton Rouge

800

King Leonidas and his famed 300 Spartans pale in comparison to today’s 800. The Salvation Army learned of 823 Baton Rouge seniors whose promised hot meals failed to be delivered. Just before noon today, Lt. Jason Burns, The Salvation Army’s Liaison to the Office of Emergency Preparedness, called to tell the Incident Command team there was a need, and The Salvation Army needed to find a way to fill it in the next hour or so.

The team started to discuss how to meet an additional 800 meals, with no surplus of food, no team to serve it, and no vehicle to deliver it. As the team started ‘around the table,’ in walked the crew of the just arrived Laredo, Texas Disaster Team.

“We’re here to report in,” said a quite man. “…We’re from Laredo, and we’ve got a workhorse canteen, fully loaded to feed 700.”

“You are an answer to prayer!” Replied Major Rob Vincent, Incident Commander.

Not even twenty minutes later, the Texas canteen was in route to the senior center. They cooked a hot meal on-site for the residents…bringing comfort to some of Baton Rouge’s most cherished citizens.

Lt. Burns, a Salvation Army officer in Memphis, Tennessee, is a vital member of the Incident Command System. He is The Salvation Army representative in Baton Rouge’s OEP. In addition to keeping the city officials and other agency’s informed of what The Salvation Army is doing in its relief efforts, Lt. Burns also collects and distills vital information from the collective group. Without his efforts, it would be almost impossible accurately forecast need and resource availability.

“I’d rather be on a canteen in the communities; serving food and ministering to hurting souls, that’s where the real work is done. But, this is where I am. I want to make sure I do the best that I can.” – Lt. Jason Burns, Baton Rouge Incident Command Liaison.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVES SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS AND PARISHES SOUTHWEST OF NEW ORLEANS

September 7, 2008

Mass Feeding sites in Orleans, St. Bernard, and N. Jefferson Parishes ended September 6, 2008

Baton Rouge, LA: Even as the electricity returns to the Greater New Orleans area, The Salvation Army will continue to serve the remaining special needs populations of those who continue to need help.

Mass feeding services in New Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are being scaled back to allow for the redistribution of resources to outlying communities in Plaquemines, Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. Charles parishes still struggling to recover electricity, water, and basic services. Since feeding services began on September 2, 2008 the Salvation Army has served over 40,000 (as of 9/5) meals in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Feeding services will continue in Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Grand Isle for the foreseeable future.

With power outages in parishes southwest of New Orleans, many residents are forced to drive long distances for even a cold bottle of water or hot meal. The Salvation Army’s feeding services are being directed toward these areas in order to relieve some of the stress on residents seeking to care for their families and themselves.

The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans will be providing meals to the New Orleans Study Center through Monday evening. This will be so that residents and staff will be able to continue their programs and recovery in a stable environment.

“Although our mass feeding programs are winding down, we recognize and are dedicated to serve those special needs populations that are particularly vulnerable after Hurricane Gustav. While we continue our regular schedule of mass feedings in the lower parishes (Terrebonne, Lafourche and Plaquemines, etc), it is these smaller groups in metro New Orleans that we continue to support,” said Captain Ethan Frizzell, New Orleans Area Commander.

The Salvation Army will be serving over 150 meals twice a day to Westminster Nursing Home in Kenner. These meals will help to provide comfort for their patients and help their staff to continue the work that needs to be done.

There are also other first responders still in the area and The Salvation Army will be feeding them at their special needs shelter on Jackson Street.

“The Salvation Army is concerned about the community and wants to be sure that it is meeting all the needs it can with the resources available to us. It is our pleasure to provide for those in need with food, hydration and prayer. While we share our community, we share the life lesson of hope through Jesus,” Captain Frizzell added.

The Salvation Army has continued to serve in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St, Mary, and St. Martin Parishes. Around 36,000 meals were served to residents of New Orleans and south Louisiana on Friday by The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army currently has 32 mobile feeding units serving meals in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and areas south.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY COMBATING NATURAL DISASTERS WITH ACTS OF GOD

September 7, 2008

Emotional and Spiritual Care are integral aspects of Salvation Army Disaster Response

Baton Rouge, LA: The Salvation Army always does its best to be prepared for any disaster headed its way. That includes getting all the supplies, staff, officers, and volunteers ready. On that team to serve victims and first responders is someone with a very special role. That role is to provide everyone, including The Salvation Army staff, with the emotional and spiritual care that they need during times of disaster.

“Disaster Relief crews don’t always take the best care of themselves during crisis. They are so concerned with taking care of victims and first responders that they forget to take care of themselves,” said Major Mel James, Emotional and Spiritual Care Officer for the Incident Command Team in New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav.

“We’ve been praying and trying to reassure the residents that things will get better. I think it is something that people needed to hear. We told them that the light at the end of the tunnel is not the light of a freight train headed your way,” said Major James.

The Salvation Army has had opportunity to pray with hundreds of people throughout the hurricane crisis, but one particularly neat opportunity was when The Salvation Army was asked to pray on a Clear Channel radio station that was simulcasting throughout the Greater New Orleans area to possibly several hundred thousand people.

One special moment was when Canteen Coordinator Captain Bill Mockabee was praying with a New Orleans resident and as he finished she asked if she could also pray for him to have strength to finish the job.

“It makes a huge difference when people go through crisis like this to know that someone cares for them, tries to understand what they are going through and wants to help them recognize the hope that we have for the city,” said Captain Ethan Frizzell.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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FIRST LADY JINDAL SERVES AT tHE SALVATION ARMY THIRD DAY IN-A-ROW

September 7, 2008

Plaquermine, LA: First Lady Supriya Jindal spent Sunday afternoon with those in the greatest need in Plaquermine. Just after noon, Mrs. Jindal arrived to meet those in a hard struck community and offered them a hot meal and personal words of encouragement. She graciously took time to speak to each person in the long line; learning about them and their situation.

“We have power on at the house, but don’t have money to buy any groceries. I’m so glad you’re here.” -- Plaquermine resident Dianna Welch said.

“It was so wonderful to meet the First Lady. It’s really great to see her; we needed to know someone knew about us here.” – Ms. Welch added.

The Salvation Army will be serving at the Wal-Mart parking lot on Belleview Rd. in Plaquermine this evening for dinner, as well as lunch and dinner tomorrow.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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HURRICANE GUSTAV RESPONSE: FAST FACTS

September 2, 2008

Baton Rouge, LA: Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast have mobilized to respond to Hurricane Gustav. The Salvation Army has deployed resources to meet the immediate needs of emergency responders and others affected by the storm. Service units will continue to resupply materials and supplies and support the evacuation and return of people who live in the impacted areas. Incident command teams are assessing the damage and setting up centers of operation to provide shelter, food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, baby supplies, hygiene products and emotional and spiritual care, among other services.

To date:

  • The Salvation Army has served more than 20,000 people affected by Hurricane Gustav.
  • The Salvation Army already has served nearly 200,000 hot meals, sandwiches, snacks & drinks, and is prepared to serve 560,000 meals each day..
  • The Salvation Army has 100 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) on duty with 70 others on stand-by.
  • The Salvation Army has dispatched 20 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) and over 80 personnel to Baton Rouge, New Orleans and three Parishes in southeast Louisiana.
  • The Salvation Army has 4 Field Kitchens--each capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day--serving or ready to deploy to the many areas affected.
  • The Salvation Army has stockpiled 50,000 Cleaning Kits (Broom, bucket, mop & detergent) for distribution.
  • The Salvation Army is operating approximately 10 to 15 shelters throughout the region.
  • The Salvation Army has begun providing social service assistance to individuals and families.
  • The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is activated and ready to receive inquiries to reconnect evacuees with their loved ones.
  • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers serve in two weeks shifts before reinforcements are rotated in an ongoing basis.
  • The Salvation Army’s long-term recovery operation is still operating three years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 spurred The Salvation Army’s largest natural disaster response effort in the United States in its 128-year history.

The Salvation Army’s disaster response activities are supported entirely through the generosity of individual and organizational donations. In the early stages of a disaster such as this, the Army acts first on faith to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the storm, and responds with hope that donations will follow to fund a sustained disaster response and recovery operation.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY DEPLOYS INCIDENT COMMAND TEAM

September 2, 2008

Served to Depletion

Baton Rouge, LA: At 4:30 p.m. today nine (9) canteens went out fully loaded with supplies to serve a full day’s meals. Before the 8:00 p.m. city-wide curfew, all were back at the “rally point” empty.

“We gave out everything but the spare tire” said Ron Harmon a volunteer canteen worker from Nashville, Tennessee.

In less than three hours, these canteens from Kentucky & Tennessee distributed 3240 meals, 3483 cold drinks, and 1673 snacks.

“We were supposed to be a roaming canteen, but once we stopped, the line never went away. We stayed there and the people kept on coming, until we ran out,” said another volunteer canteen worker from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Today started with a five hour drive Baton Rouge. Upon arrival, the teams immediately started to prepare the more than 3000 meals. After receiving their areas of responsibility and abbreviated directions, 29 volunteers from 13 different communities in Kentucky and Tennessee set out to serve the local folks without power or food.

We're expecting re-enforcements tomorrow. We hope to have eight (8) additional canteens arrive tomorrow to help us serve Baton Rouge and nearby Parishes.” said Major Rob Vincent, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s disaster response in Baton Rouge. The additional resources come just as the United States Conference of Mayors (www.usmayors.org) declares Baton Rouge, Louisiana the “hardest hit,” and in “greatest need.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY DEPLOYS RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO HURRICANE GUSTAV

September 1, 2008

Salvation Army Incident Command Team moves into impacted areas.

Jackson, MS: The Salvation Army today transitioned from staging and evacuation support to emergency response as its incident command team for Louisiana deployed from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Hammond, La.. The move will put the leaders of the disaster response operation in proximity to the impacted areas. On Tuesday, the team is expected to do a damage assessment and set up a center of operations for the anticipated long-term recovery.

“The evacuations and preparations for Hurricane Gustav have been efficient and smooth so far,” said Major Gene Hogg, Divisional Secretary for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “This is a multi-state effort and we are working closely with the state and local governments to help all those in need. We are anticipating severe property damage and are hoping and praying for all those who have been affected.”

The Salvation Army has already served more than 110,000 meals throughout the Gulf Coast area as a result of Hurricane Gustav and has a feeding capacity from Texas to Florida of more than 560,000 meals. This includes food service for evacuees, volunteers and other emergency response workers who are helping in the evacuation. The Salvation Army has more than 100 mobile feeding units, four 54’ mobile kitchens and multiple fixed feeding sites at its Corps and other outposts throughout the region. The Salvation Army also has 70 canteens on reserve should the need arise. It is operating approximately 15 shelters throughout the southeastern United States and is providing emotional and spiritual care to those in need.

As part of its disaster operation, The Salvation Army also is prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Drinking water
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies
  • Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org)
  • Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY HAS SERVED NEARLY 100,000 IN TH ELAST 72 HOURS IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE GUSTAV

August 31, 2008

Evacuees, volunteers, emergency response workers focus of relief efforts.

Alexandria, VA: The Salvation Army has served nearly 100,000 meals already throughout the gulf coast area as a result of Hurricane Gustav. This includes food service for evacuees, volunteers and other first responders who are helping in the evacuation. The Salvation Army has more than 100 mobile feeding units, two 54’ mobile kitchens and multiple fixed feeding sites at its Corps and other outposts throughout the region. The Army’s total current feeding capability from Texas to Florida is more than 560,000 meals per day.

On Sunday, The Army set up feeding sites on evacuation routes, including at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 20/59. And, it provided lunch and dinner for 300 bus drivers at a site near Hattiesburg, MS. It has multiple other locations open through Texas and the surrounding states.

In addition, The Army has staging areas in Hattiesburg and Tyler, TX to support the Gulf Coast. Volunteers, staff and vehicles are converging on those locations to wait for deployment with other equipment and supplies.

The Army also has a number of shelters open throughout the region, including five shelters operating in Texas, with others potentially available.

“Right now, The Salvation Army is fulfilling its mission to serve by helping evacuees, volunteers and response workers in the Gulf Coast area who are preparing for this very dangerous storm” said Major Gene Hogg, Divisional Secretary for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “People need to heed the warning of the government and get out of the way of this hurricane.”

In addition to feeding, sheltering and evacuation, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Drinking water
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies
  • Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org)
  • Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in Gustav’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES STOCKING SUPPLIES AND PREPARING EVACUATION FOR HURRICANE GUSTAV

August 30, 2008

Hattiesburg, MS Set Up As Major Staging Area For New Orleans

Alexandria, VA: The Salvation Army’s preparations for Hurricane Gustav continued today with further staging of supplies and planning for evacuation of affected individuals from the Gulf Coast. Personnel in its Hattiesburg, MS, have set up a major staging area to support New Orleans and 19 shelters are being prepared throughout Texas. Across the region, more than 170 mobile feeding units are serving or are on standby waiting for deployment, along with other equipment. The Army’s total currently feeding capability is more than 560,000 meals per day.

“Right now we are asking everyone who might be in the way of this storm to get out and baton down the hatches,” said Major Gene Hogg, Divisional Secretary for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “This is shaping up to be a big storm and we are anticipating a long-term recovery effort will be needed. The more people we can get out of the way before it hits, the better.”

In addition to feeding, sheltering and evacuation, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Drinking water
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies
  • Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org)
  • Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in Gustav’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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THE SALVATION ARMY PREPARING TO RESPOND TO GUSTAV

August 28, 2008

Preparedness for Gustav begins as Hurricane Katrina’s third anniversary approaches.

Alexandria, VA: Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast are mobilizing to respond to Tropical Storm Gustav, expected to develop into a serious category three hurricane by early next week. Army units in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas have 100 mobile feeding units and three fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchens ready for immediate response. Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with 70 canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina. In total, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide a minimum of 560,000 meals a day as necessary.

“The Salvation Army is prepared to respond immediately to the needs of survivors, emergency aid workers, and volunteers in communities affected by the storm’s landfall,” said Major Gene Hogg, Divisional Secretary for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “The Army recognizes how difficult these circumstances can be and will do everything in our power to assist individuals and families following this storm as we do in these communities 365 days a year.”

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Drinking water
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies
  • Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org)
  • Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in Gustav’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

“It is imperative that residents of New Orleans and the central Gulf Coast region heed all warnings and orders associated with Tropical Storm Gustav, regardless of its path,” said Captain Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. “It is important that each of us prepare now for Gustav.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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.

Contact:

Christopher L. McGown
Divisional Development Director
The Salvation Army
Kentucky/Tennessee Division
Direct) 502-357-8538
Mobile) 502-777-6640
Fax) 502-357-0001
Email: christopher_mcgown@uss.salvationarmy.org

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THE SALVATION ARMY READIES FOR
TROPICAL DEPRESSION GUSTAV

August 27, 2008

Louisville, KY: A disaster response team has been formed to move into action should Gustav land in the Gulf Coast. Trained and experienced staff throughout Kentucky and Tennessee have been put on 'stand-by'.

This committed individuals will have their bags packed and have their supplies gathered to immediately take up the cause upon deployment.

"We hope and pray we won't be needed, but the public counts on our readiness, and we won't let them down" says Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, Ray Dalymple.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to contribute on-line HERE 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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The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in a hurricane's path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

We have partnered with The National Hurricane Survival Initiative to provide detailed resources for ways you can prepare for Gustav. Are you ready? Read the checklists and find out.

Hurricane Relief Donations

  • Online
  • By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Corporate: Judith Rowland; judith_rowland@uss.salvationarmy.org

 



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