Salvation Army Canteens, Warehouses and Staff Prepared To Support Flooding Relief

May 18, 2011
Mark Jones | | (601) 278-2100

Jackson, MS - May 18, 2011 –  The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is  prepared to respond to areas in Louisiana and Mississippi  affected by the rising waters of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins. With widespread flooding and thousands of homes affected, The Salvation Army has placed 26 disaster units on alert for possible response into affected areas once the waters recede.

“We anticipate that the bulk of needs and the major expense of flood response will occur once the waters recede over the next 2-4 weeks,” stated Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army has begun stocking warehouses in New Orleans and Vicksburg, Miss. with food, household items, hygiene kits, and bulk cleaning supplies for distribution to residents of flooded areas once the waters diminish and residents are allowed to return home.

Salvation Army units in Mississippi and Louisiana are also preparing to provide case workers to help families displaced from the flood waters. Case management will help identify resources that are available to flood survivors.

Additionally, Salvation Army officers and staff are prepared to provide emotional and spiritual care across the region.

“Providing the supplies to assist the clean up process and assisting families in their return home will be the major component and expense of our flood response, but the pastoral care will also be crucial to the recovery process,” added Feist.

The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Mississippi in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.

These multiple disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services.  Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the multiple disasters affected areas.

If you would like to help victims of the flooding please give online at: and mark them Flood Relief or text “GIVE” to 80888 or you can give by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. 

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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief. 

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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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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