Shreveport, LA (June 6, 2015) - The Salvation Army of Shreveport LA has activated its Emergency Disaster Service team to serve emergency service workers, volunteers and residents responding to rising flood waters in Caddo and Bossier Parishes.
Two mobile feeding units will provide meals and water service to persons working at flood preparation sites. Shreveport’s large emergency canteen was placed into service earlier this week serving meals at the emergency shelter in Elm Grove, LA. A second feeding unit from The Salvation Army in McComb, MS, has also been dispatched to the area surrounding Shreveport to help alleviate some of the pressure off local responders. According to Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, Thad Hicks, “The local team is stretched thin. It’s not just the response that requires the effort and time. The Shreveport Salvation Army has been planning and preparing for this flood for some time.” Unlike tornadoes or hurricanes that are all too familiar to residents in the Gulf States, floods are slow to develop, but still deliver a devastating punch to everything in their path.
The Salvation Army has been asked to provide meals through Thursday, and possibly longer. The area’s Salvation Army Administrator, Major Ed Binnix advised, “We are a part of this community and we will help however and for as long as we can.”
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865. 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 survivors, 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.
How to Help:
Financial donations are being accepted via our website www.salationarmyalm.org/shreveport where you can click on the #redriverrising link.
Donations can also be dropped off at 200 East Stoner Ave in Shreveport, memo: Shreveport, LA Flood.About The Salvation Army