FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mark Jones Communications Director – Alabama-Mississippi-Louisiana
Cell: (601) 278-2100 Office: (601) 961-7709
Jackson, Miss. (August 24, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac which is expected to develop into Hurricane Isaac over the weekend . Salvation Army offices in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and a fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response.
The storm system could potentially drop significant amounts of rain on portions of the southeast already experiencing saturated ground due to higher than average rainfall amounts. Additionally, areas in the storm’s path are expected to experience extended periods of strong winds with the potential for tornadic activity.
“The Salvation Army is prepared to respond immediately to the needs of areas affected by the tropical activity,” said Major Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “The Army recognizes how difficult these circumstances can be and will do everything in our power to assist individuals and families following this storm as we do in these communities 365 days a year.”
In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
· Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
· Hygiene kits
· Drinking water
· Shower units
· First-aid supplies
· Emotional/spiritual care
The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.
“It is imperative that residents of the central Gulf Coast region heed all warnings and orders associated with this storm system, regardless of its path,” said Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army’s ALM Division. “It is important that each of us prepare for the storm.”
For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
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 128 years in the
. Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to
support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information,
go to www.salvationarmyusa.org. United States