Charlotte, N.C. (October 8, 2016)—Salvation Army officers and crews along the South Carolina/North Carolina coast are hunkered down and waiting out the storm even as we continue to serve safely in EOCs, shelters, and other points of operation requested from state and local government.
As conditions deteriorate and as the storm impacts South Carolina and North Carolina, service delivery may be adjusted or suspended accordingly for safety.
Salvation Army services today are in the following locations:
- Charleston, S.C. – Local Salvation Army personnel serving the EOCs in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. Mass feeding support is being provided to the National Guard and rescue workers staging in the area. They are being supported by canteens and crews from Greenville, S.C. and Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Orangeburg, S.C. - Salvation Army personnel from Orangeburg are providing mass feeding at the Orangeburg County EOC and feeding at four shelter sites.
- Beaufort, S.C. – Salvation Army personnel are providing mass feeding to responders at the Beaufort County EOC. A canteen and crew from Anderson, S.C. are on the ground supporting The Salvation Army in Beaufort.
- Georgetown, S.C. – Mass feeding is being provided to EOCs in Georgetown and Williamsburg counties as well as six shelter sites.
- Sumter, S.C. – Mass feeding support to shelters in Clarendon and Sumter counties. They are supported by Salvation Army crew and canteen from Hickory.
- Columbia, S.C. – Salvation Army is providing mass feeding to emergency and rescue crews staged along I-26.
- Aiken, S.C. – Mass feeding support at the Barnwell County EOC.
- The Waynesville, N.C. canteen and crew are providing support to The Salvation Army in Conway, S.C.
- A crew from the Maryland West Virginia division of The Salvation Army is in Wilmington, N.C. ready to serve.
- A Liaison Officer is in place at the North and South Carolina State EOCs.
- An Incident Management Team (IMT) is in place at DHQ in Charlotte to monitor the situation and coordinate support to NSC commands.
We are praying for those impacted and are still in the path of Hurricane Matthew.
The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the storm and relocate as necessary following the impacts of the storm. We are The Salvation Army. We are here, we are ready to serve, and will be here as long as we are needed.
How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:
- Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
- Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate 'Hurricane Matthew' on all checks.
- Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
To support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti, Bahamas, and the other Caribbean islands, please consider making a financial gift at salar.my/Matthew
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 130 years in the United States. 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 victims, 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.