The Salvation Army Responding to Statewide Flooding in South Carolina

October 06, 2015
Christopher Priest | chris.priest@uss.salvationarmy.org | (404) 728-6704

CHARLOTTE, NC (October 5, 2015)—Sustained rainfall in widespread areas of South Carolina has resulted in persistent flooding prompting a statewide response from The Salvation Army. Across the state Salvation Army personnel are coordinating with state and local emergency management officials to serve the community in need. “The Salvation Army in South Carolina is responding to immediate needs in their local communities and ready to respond as needed,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina. “As the flood waters continue to rise, we know our response will increase and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.”

As of Monday evening, The Salvation Army is providing mass feeding and hydration support to several communities in North and South Carolina.

Two locations are providing shelter in their communities:

• The Salvation Army of the Midlands, in collaboration with other local organizations and agencies, provided mass feeding & hydration support at an Inclement Weather Center shelter in Columbia. In addition, Salvation Army Liaison Officers are in place at the Lexington County EOC and the Richland County EOC.

• The Salvation Army in Orangeburg, SC is providing support with mass feeding & hydration to the Orangeburg County emergency operations center (EOC).

• The Sumter Salvation Army is providing support with mass feeding & hydration to the Sumter County emergency operations center (EOC), first responders as well as at a shelter in Manning (Clarendon County).

• The Salvation Army of Fayetteville provided meals in coordination with the American Red Cross at a shelter in Fayetteville.

• The Salvation Army of New Bern, NC is providing lunch today at a shelter in Pamlico County.

• The Salvation Army of Conway provided mass feeding & hydration support to first responders in Marion County on Sunday.

• In coordination with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army of Georgetown, SC is providing mass feeding & hydration support at a shelter established at the Beck Recreation Center.

• Salvation Army Greenville personnel is operating a weather emergency shelter at the Rutherford Street Outpost.

• The Salvation Army in Anderson, SC - The Stringer Emergency Lodge, which serves the community every day, remains open as needed for those impacted by the storms. The best way to help survivors and relief workers is through financial contributions, which allow disaster responders to immediately meet the needs of disaster survivors.

• To give online: Visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

• By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

• By mail: The Salvation Army Southern Territorial Headquarters P.O. Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate checks “East Coast Floods" in the memo

• By text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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