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Hattiesburg Disaster Services

UPDATE: Disaster Relief Takes on Local Flair:   Service Locations For 2/14/2013
 
Hattiesburg, Miss. (February 14, 2013) On Wednesday, as the sun broke through the clouds for the first time since before Sunday’s tornado, hundreds of volunteers emerged like bears from their hibernation to begin en masse the clean-up of Hattiesburg.

Across Hattiesburg, residents and strangers worked side by side to remove debris and trees from property ravaged by the EF4 Tornado. Supplementing these efforts were The Salvation Army’s feeding units filled with grilled chicken sandwiches and the fixings from the generous staff of Outback Steakhouse in Hattiesburg. For eight hours Wednesday the Outback team grilled over 2,000 fresh chicken breasts for their neighbors and the strangers arriving to clean up.

Demand for the sandwiches was so brisk that one feeding unit ran out of 200 meals in thirty minutes and was forced to restock with another 200 meals. Most recipients simply remarked that “this was the best meal that they had in days.”

In all over 2,250 meals were served by The Salvation Army on Wednesday.

Why would one spend eight hours cooking and delivering to people they did not even know? Why take so much care to prepare high quality food?

The answer reflects the passion that The Salvation Army and its partners have for providing for the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of storm survivors. Each hot meal not only provides the physical nourishment needed following a disaster, but also reflects the need of each survivor and first responder to know that they are important and deserving of dignity.

“Each hot meal and bottle of water reflects the love of Christ and the passion that The Salvation Army has for helping Hattiesburg recover,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army.

Thursday, The Salvation Army will be serving up Valentine’s treats to residents thanks to the generosity of Newk’s, Neal House Catering, and the Keg & Barrel.

The Salvation Army’s response to disasters is dependent upon the generosity of our donors.. Many times that support comes in the form of cash donations made through our website or generously mailed to one of our many locations. Other times, it comes in the form of support from businesses partnering with The Salvation Army to meet human needs in times of disaster.

Six Mobile feeding units will be working throughout the day on Thursday providing for the needs of residents.

Units will be positioned at the following locations:

Hattiesburg Unit: Petal, East 5th Avenue and James Street.

Jackson Unit: CVS Pharmacy, Intersection of US Highway 49 and Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Mississippi Coast Unit: Neighborhoods East of USM

McComb Unit: Oak Grove, Roving Lake Serene, Bellewood, and Lakeshore Areas

Laurel Unit: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg

Jackson Unit 2:Neighborhoods West and South of USM Roving

Units will also be distributing comfort/hygiene kits to residents recovering from the storm. Emotional and spiritual care officers will be available to provide support to residents.

Financial donations are still needed to support disaster relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit

www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.  Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.

 

The Salvation Army is always prepared to serve at the point of need following any natural or man-made disaster with life-sustaining support like food, water and shelter.

  • Five Mobile Feeding units have deployed to Hattiesburg. Each unit can serve between 500 and 1500 meals.
  • 35 staff and volunteers engaged in Disaster response.
  • The Salvation Army’s Disaster Warehouse in Jackson is supplying disaster resources to affected areas. Food service products and cleaning kits are prepared for service in Hattiesburg.
  • Emotional and Spiritual care teams are deployed with each feeding unit, praying and comforting those affected by the storm. Pastoral care is available for disaster survivors, but it is by no means a prerequisite for receiving assistance from The Salvation Army.  For many, The Salvation Army simply offers a “ministry of presence” in the aftermath of a catastrophe.

 

As always, our ability to provide certain long-term disaster programs is predicated on our ability to raise funds from the American public.

  • Disaster fund-raising affects only disaster-specific work; not the overall social service work that the      Army provides to nearly 30 million people each year.
  • All  money donated to The Salvation Army designated for a specific disaster goes to support the service work surrounding that particular disaster.
  • 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, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “Disaster Services.”
  • At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 fully operational for one day

For real time updates, people can also visit The Salvation Army’s national blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts at blog.salvationarmyusa.org, facebook.com/ALMDivision and twitter.com/salvationarmyalm