The Salvation Army Disaster Services Train with Mississippi Southern Baptists
ALM Divisional EDS Department
Kosciusko, MS (March 29, 2014) – The Emergency Disaster Services Department of The Salvation Army in the ALM division joined the Southern Baptists this past weekend for a state wide disaster training workshop.
The Mississippi Baptists hosted the training at their campground outside of Kosciusko, MS. The Salvation Army sent their 52 foot mobile field kitchen. This feeding unit is designed specifically for major emergencies, and has the potential of pushing out 10,000 -15,000 meals per day. Part of the existing partnership between The Salvation Army and the Baptists, calls for the Baptists to operate this unit with The Salvation Army during a large scale disaster event. Throughout a disaster event, “people” are often the most valuable commodity. According to the ALM Emergency Disaster Services Director, Thad Hicks, “The Southern Baptist can deliver scores of trained and capable disaster workers. The Salvation Army has lots of resources, but often lacks the volunteers to do the work.”
Saturday’s meeting solidified the partnership between the two organizations. Hicks added, “This is a beautiful marriage between our two disaster response groups. The ALM Emergency Disaster Service Dept. could not do what they do during large scale events without partners like the Baptists.”
The Salvation Army stands prepared to deliver assistance to those in need during a disaster or emergency, and are actively taking steps to be even more prepared. For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services work, and how you might be able to get more involved, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.