Birmingham, AL (September 11, 2018) – The Birmingham Salvation Army is deploying a mobile feeding truck along with personnel in anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the eastern U.S. coast. Local personnel will be traveling with the mobile feeding truck to a staging area in Charlotte, North Carolina. They will join forces with other Salvation Army units responding from the southeastern U.S. to provide mass feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by Hurricane Florence.
The mobile feeding truck is capable of serving up to 1,000 hot meals per day, along with snacks and drinks and is best suited for areas that may be hard to reach with larger feeding vehicles. Additional feeding units and personnel are on stand-by at this time and will join the relief efforts if they are needed.
Hurricane Florence has continued to strengthen as it heads toward land, potentially bringing destructive winds, storm surge and the threat of catastrophic flooding along the eastern coastline. Across the Southeast, The Salvation Army is busy mobilizing resources and personnel to join the relief efforts that will take place in the coming weeks ahead.
Affected communities across the east coast will receive assistance from mobile canteens, personnel and volunteer crews from 15 states across the Southern Territory of The Salvation Army. Since 1900 when the Army was officially recognized as a first responder, thousands of disasters throughout the U.S. and much of the world have been met by Salvation Army disaster response teams now serving in 128 countries.
“The Birmingham Salvation Army is always prepared to respond when disaster strikes. Our mobile feeding truck and our Emergency Disaster Services team will serve thousands of people in the coming weeks. We are praying for our neighbors and the first responders across the east coast as they brace for the storm,” said Major Roger Glick, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham.
For updates on The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response efforts, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
WAYS TO HELP:
In times of disaster, the best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations can be used immediately in response to a crisis and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed.
- To support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence relief efforts, visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org,
- Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY ((1-800-725-2769) to make donations via phone, OR
- Mail checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301, Please designate ‘2018 Hurricane Season’ on all checks.
The Salvation Army recruits and deploys disaster workers through its local Salvation Army units. To register as a disaster worker:
- Call your local Salvation Army, 205.328.2420 for more information.
- Register for classes online at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
If you are a new volunteer, registering today, please know that The Salvation Army typically uses trained disaster workers already associated with The Salvation Army. You must first complete Emergency Disaster Training Classes prior to volunteering.