Georgia Salvation Army Team Deploys to Victoria TX for Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017
Donald Felice | donald.felice@uss.salvationarmy.org

Georgia Salvation Army Team Deploys to Victoria TX for Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is prepared and on stand-by, ready to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“The impact of this hurricane is dramatic,” says Lanita Lloyd, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “Due to the size of the population impacted, including Houston, Texas, the country's fourth largest city, we anticipate this will be the largest and longest emergency response in the history of The Salvation Army in America.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia has a fleet of mobile feeding units (canteens) designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. Eighteen Salvation Army canteens in Georgia stand ready to be deployed wherever needed at a moment’s notice to help those in need. The canteens can be stocked with three full days of food and drinks ready to serve affected areas. After deployment, the mobile canteens have the ability to restock and move throughout affected areas.

A specially trained and experienced Incident Command Team (ICT) is currently deploying to one of the hardest hit areas around the city of Victoria, Texas. The ICT will monitor the continually changing situation in the area and communicate with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively. In addition, a representative from The Salvation Amy will work with the State Operational Command (SOC), located in San Antonio, Texas, to help coordinate relief efforts among federal, state and local organizations.

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army traditionally serves and prepares meals from its mobile canteens, helps distribute cleaning supplies, and offers comfort to those impacted. According to Lanita Lloyd, "The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution." Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed. 

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. However, please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family Store. The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming throughout the year.

Donations may be made:

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800--SAL-ARMY

Mail checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate 'Hurricane Harvey' on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555
 

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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