ALBANY, GEORGIA (October 14, 2018) —When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders. The following is a summary of how The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Michael in Georgia:
To date, The Salvation Army in Georgia has served 3,500 meals, 4,500 drinks and 3,700 snacks to those impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Albany and Bainbridge, GA areas.
- Five mobile canteens and feeding crews are located at fixed sites throughout Putney, Dunes, Massy and Lee Counties. One additional canteen from Vidalia, GA is anticipated to arrive shortly.
- The Albany Incident Command continues to be located at the Albany Corps building located at 304 W. 2nd Ave.
- Service requests are increasing due to people returning to the area and those impacted finding TSA service locations. Approximately 1,300 meals are anticipated to be prepared and distributed today, however, service is expected to increase as additional resources arrive on-site and more areas of need are identified.
- 60% of power is out in Albany and 70% in surrounding counties.
- Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up cooking expanded service in the Albany area.
- Locations of service in Albany:
- East Albany – The Salvation Army’s Albany, GA canteen is roving the East Albany area serving impacted areas, including the Albany Civic Center.
- North Jackson community - a stationary canteen from Macon, GA is located at 320 N. Jackson St.
- Gordon Sports community - a stationary canteen from Atlanta, GA is located at 800 Willie Pits Trail.
- Doughtery County - a stationary catering unit is located at 2424 Sylvester Rd.
- Dawson - a stationary canteen from Augusta, GA will be located at 638 Forester Dr., Dawson.
- Five mobile feeding units are actively at fixed sites to provide service to impacted areas throughout Seminole, Early and Miller counties.
- Service to the Bainbridge area has increased significantly during the last 24 hours as new areas of need were identified.
- An additional Incident Command is being set up in Bainbridge to coordinate the increased service need.
- Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up expanded service in the Bainbridge area.
- An additional catering unit is anticipated to join the Bainbridge service shortly.
- Locations of service in Bainbridge:
- Hispanic Mission – a catering unit is located at the Hispanic Mission at 2092 Tallahassee Hwy South.
- In Seminole County, a catering unit is located at 3401 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville, GA.
- In Early County - a canteen from Newnan, GA is located at735 S. Church St. Blakely, GA.
- In Miller County - a canteen from Lawrenceville, GA is located at 351 E. Pine St., Colquitt, GA.
- Walmart – a canteen from Marietta, GA is located at the Walmart; 500 E. Alice St.
How to Help:
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.
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
- Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
- Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
- Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
About The Salvation Army
- The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
- In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
- After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
- The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.
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.