Ready to Serve 560,000 Meals Per Day; 19 Shelters Opening In Texas For Evacuees
Jackson, Miss (August 29, 2008) - Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast are mobilizing to respond to Tropical Storm Gustav, expected to develop into a serious category three hurricane by early next week. Army units in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas have 100 mobile feeding units and three fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchens ready for immediate response. Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with 70 canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina. In total, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide a minimum of 560,000 meals a day as necessary. It is already serving 15,000 to 20,000 meals per day for national guard troops, bus drivers and other responders as well as evacuees in San Antonio, TX. As early as Saturday, August 30, The Army has been asked by the State of Texas to open 19 shelters to receive many of the 185,000 people who will be evacuated from coastal areas.
"The Salvation Army is prepared to respond immediately to the needs of survivors, emergency aid workers, and volunteers in communities affected by the storm's landfall," said Major Gene Hogg, Divisional Secretary 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
Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and
The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in Gustav's path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. 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 New Orleans and the central Gulf Coast region heed all warnings and orders associated with Tropical Storm Gustav, regardless of its path," said Captain Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. "It is important that each of us prepare now for Gustav."
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims, please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.