Charlotte, NC (August 28, 2015) - As Tropical Storm Erika has moved across the eastern Caribbean, The Salvation Army of the Carolinas continues to monitor the storm closely and is preparing for potential impact along the Carolina coast. Salvation Army personnel throughout North and South Carolina are preparing canteens (mobile feeding units) if needed for deployment along impacted areas to provide hot meals, cold drinks, snacks, and emotional and spiritual care to people affected.
”We are monitoring the storm’s path and coordinating with Salvation Army personnel and emergency management officials across the Carolinas to make sure we are prepared for a rapid response to the storm as needed,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for North and South Carolina.
In times of disaster, The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has 20 mobile kitchen unit canteens ready to respond throughout the two states.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents to review their family communication plan and build an emergency kit. Helpful information is available on The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services website or at www.ready.gov/hurricanes. The official 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Guide is available for download at www.scemd.org. Individual and family preparedness information is also available at www.readync.org.
While used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during disaster response, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of The Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to the local Family Store by dialing 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds.
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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.