Debby Update: 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. Locally we are on stand-by for any mobilization asked for. The storm system is forecast to drop large amounts of rain and produce a storm surge of two to four feet on parts of Alabama and Florida with the potential for widespread flooding across the region. 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 taking every precaution necessary to ready equipment and supplies to provide emergency relief services as needed to anyone who may be impacted by the storm,” stated Major Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. “As the storm approaches, we encourage residents throughout the potentially impacted states to prepare themselves and be alert to severe weather conditions.”
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. We will keep you updated if response is needed for volunteers or supplies. Stay safe.