Norcross, GA (August 28, 2011) – Five Salvation Army mobile canteens (kitchens on wheels) from Georgia have traveled to North Carolina early Saturday, August 27, 2011 and three Salvation Army mobile canteens were deployed early Sunday morning to help assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in North and South Carolina. Each canteen is capable of serving more than 1,000 meals each day.
The teams from Georgia (Atlanta, Augusta, Convington, Dublin, Elberton, Gainesville, Savannah and Vidalia) will stage in Charlotte and will be dispatched August 28 and 29. As The Salvation Army along with local and federal agencies assess the damage and need, canteens could be assigned to North Carolina, Virginia or Maryland.
Once damage reports have been received and local needs have been determined, disaster teams will serve throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army pastors and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families. The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Irene to visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.com or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY )1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by test 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 “Hurricane 2011” on all checks.
- A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
- A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
- A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
- A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
- A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day
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).
For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org, @SalvationArmyA on Twitter or search http://www.facebook.com/salvationarmymetroatlanta and https://salvationarmyatlanta.wordpress.com/.