Hattiesburg, Miss. (August 28, 2012) – Salvation Army forces have begun marshaling in Hattiesburg, Mississippi ahead of Hurricane Isaac. Twelve feeding units, a 54’ field kitchen, and up to 60 personnel have begun arriving in Hattiesburg in advance of Hurricane Isaac. An additional 12 feeding units will deploy directly from their community to affected areas immediately following the storm. Birmingham’s canteen is one of those units and will be there as long as needed. With a combined daily feeding capacity of over 31,000 meals, the 24 feeding units and field kitchen will provide the flexibility needed to reach into multiple communities and neighborhoods. In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is staffing each unit with emotional and spiritual care teams available to talk, pray and comfort those affected by the storm.
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.
For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”
Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).