As of now the Birmingham crew is headed to New Orleans to help. They have already been part of a huge effort underway by Salvation Army personnel.
The Salvation Army is actively serving residents throughout Florida and the central Gulf Coast.
• The Salvation Army has 24 mobile feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel stationed along the Gulf Coast in Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA; and Gulfport, MS.
• Homeless shelters in New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS, and Mobile, AL, are filled to maximum capacity.
• The Salvation Army Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command is deploying a mobile feeding unit (canteen) to the shelter at West Harrison High School in Gulfport, MS.
• AmeriCares has donated family emergency kits and cleaning supplies for Mississippi families impacted by the storm, which will be distributed by The Salvation Army in Gulfport, MS.
• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also providing:
o Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
o Hygiene kits
o Shower units
o First-aid supplies
o Communications support
• Since Saturday, The Salvation Army has already provided:
o 3,326 meals
o 3,904 snacks
o 20,852 cold drinks
o 8,218 cases of bottled water
o 447 showers
o 563 cases of emotional and spiritual care
o 470 lodgings
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief.