Charlotte, NC (August 26, 2011) – The North and South Carolina Division of The Salvation Army has upgraded its readiness level as Hurricane Irene moves closer to the exposed coastline. Experts say Hurricane Irene continues to develop as a strong Category 2 storm with rain, flooding, wind, and storm surge likely along the Carolina coast and inland.
The Salvation Army has increased its fleet of staged and standby mobile feeding kitchen canteens to 23 units, an increase of 7 units from Thursday. The staging and movement of mobile feeding kitchen canteens now extends to the west of I-95 with the coastal assignment of units from Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Waynesville, Hickory, and Greenville SC. As Hurricane Irene approaches and passes South Carolina and emergency management officials determine local impacts, it is anticipated that Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchen canteens from the state will relocate to the North Carolina coast. Additional Salvation Army mobile feeding canteens and teams from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee are being relocated to inland areas of the east coast, including the Carolinas and Virginia in anticipation of impacts along the mid-Atlantic coast.
Further north in VA, The Salvation Army has 4 canteens traveling to southside Hampton Roads to assist with relief efforts. Canteens are also positioned in Hampton and Williamsburg to assist with response in those respective communities. In southside Hampton Roads effective Friday evening, the Army will move its men’s shelter from the low-lying area in downtown Norfolk to the Norfolk Corps Community Center near Virginia Beach Boulevard.
Mobile kitchen canteen units are capable of serving approximately 1,000 meals per day. At maximum deployment, Salvation Army mobile kitchen feeding canteens within North and South Carolina can feed in excess of 40,000 meals per day.
Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army across North and South Caroline, states “As coastal Carolina residents and visitors are evacuating, The Salvation Army is moving closer to meet them in safe inland areas. Staging equipment and personnel is a delicate balance between being close enough to quickly respond and avoiding areas of potential harm. Just as we advise our coastal friends, we remind our Salvation Army personnel to be mindful of their personal safety and that of their families.”
Once damage reports have been received and local needs have been determined, EDS teams will serve throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.
Interested parties may also visit:
By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Text-to-Give: Text "Storm" to 80888 to make a $10 contribution
By mail: Disaster Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301
Designation: "2011 Hurricane Season"
Local: Monetary contributions designated for the storm can be accepted at any local Salvation Army facility.
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