The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams across the south are actively preparing for the possibility of a significant response to Hurricane Florence as the storm intensifies and heads towards the U.S. east coast.
The storm is expected to make landfall late this week with the Carolinas directly in the projected track of the storm. The Salvation Army North and South Carolina (NSC) Division currently has 13 mobile kitchen units and crews prepared and on standby with two units already deployed. An additional 20 mobile feeding units from neighboring states will be headed to a staging area in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, along with a 53’ refrigerated feeding support trailer and a kitchen with the capacity to produce 25,000 meals per day.
Preparations are also being made further up the coast in the Washington D.C. and Virginia areas with 10 mobile feeding units and crews on standby and seven units deploying to Roanoke, VA, in advance of projected flooding there.
A 10-person Incident Management Team from Texas will be deploying on Tuesday, headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, led by Alvin Migues, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Texas Division. Team members are specially trained in key areas of emergency disaster response and will potentially oversee and coordinate relief efforts in a designated area. “Our team will be initially staged in Charlotte and once the storm makes landfall we will move into areas of key need,” said Migues. “We anticipate that we‘ll be managing a large-scale feeding operation, utilizing more than 25 Salvation Army mobile kitchen units and providing assistance over a large area.”
One of the strengths of The Salvation Army EDS structure is that it is rapidly scalable in times of disaster. “Mobile kitchens are assigned to local Salvation Army units around the country and can be mobilized very quickly to respond to an event,” said Migues. “Additionally, The Salvation Army has its own disaster training curriculum and we have fully trained teams ready to deploy literally at a moment’s notice.”
“After the incredible, practical support we received in Texas following Hurricane Harvey last year, the Texas team is privileged and more ready than ever to come to the aid of those affected by Florence,” said Migues. “The Salvation Army will be there to feed, support and pray with those who find themselves in a time of crisis after the storm, all in the name of Jesus.”
For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services and the ongoing situation regarding Hurricane Florence response, visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.