Hattiesburg, Miss. (August 28, 2012) – Flooded roads, downed trees, and strong winds continue to provide obstacles to The Salvation Army’s continued service in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac. Beginning today, Salvation Army feeding units will begin the trek south into impacted areas of South Mississippi and South Louisiana, providing reinforcements to relief crews actively serving in impacted areas.
With many communities under several feet of water, Salvation Army feeding crews continue their resolve to serve residents in need.
Throughout the night, over 175 men and women, bunked at The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Mobile seeking refuge from the rising waters left by Hurricane Isaac.
In Hatteisburg, feeding crews continued their support of evacuees at the state run Emergency Shelter where over 150 men, women and children have sought refuge from the storm.
Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, six Mobile feeding units have been feeding evacuees at shelters in Harrison and Hancock counties. Over 1,200 meals have been served by Salvation Army crews to supplement efforts to shelter those seeking to escape rising waters.
In the Greater New Orleans area, Salvation Army teams will begin serving residents of Belle Chase at the Belle Chase Auditorium and the Belle Chase YMCA.
“Hurricane Isaac has been in many cases a hurry up and wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac. Our resources are in place for a rapid deployment into affected areas once roads become passable,” stated Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army.
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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.