Atlanta, GA (February 12, 2014)- In response to Governor Nathan Deal’s declaration of a State of an Emergency for Georgia, The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and the Georgia Division prepared for the relentless winter storms by providing hot food and drinks to emergency management center personnel and first responders. This is certainly a catastrophic event unusual for this part of the country.
Salvation Army canteens were dispatched to the Fulton County Emergency Management Center in downtown Atlanta and the 911 Call Center and County EMA in Greensboro, GA to offer relief in the form of food and prayer to emergency management employees and first responders working around the clock to ensure Georgia residents remained safe during the storm.
The Salvation Army Georgia Division served 265 hot meals and warm beverages to emergency services personnel and first responders. “Our mission is to offer relief in the form of hot food, drinks, snacks and prayer to emergency management employees and first responders,” says Major Jim Smith, Georgia Divisional Disaster Service Director.
The Salvation Army also continues to offer emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families seeking refuge from the cold. The Red Shield shelter located at 400 Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta has 324 beds in its overnight shelter and provided 54 additional mats for individuals and families who entered through the emergency cold weather program. When temperatures drop below 40 degrees, The Salvation Army opens its emergency cold weather program to anyone who needs a warm place to sleep. The Salvation Army Georgia Division also provided emergency lodging for 10 homeless individuals in Rome and 23 homeless individuals in Griffin.
For other Salvation Army shelters located throughout Georgia, visit http://www.salvationarmygeorgia.org to find your nearest location.