International Students Volunteer with The Salvation Army in Hammond, LA

Word spread quickly in Hammond, LA, that a group was serving food at Zemurray Park on Tuesday. A steady line of cars reaching around the block greeted The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Pasadena, TX, as it pulled into the parking lot.

Alicia, Nuria, and Paula are international music students from Spain enrolled in the master’s program at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Alicia read on Instagram that lunch would be provided at the park, so the friends ventured out on their bicycles to see what they could find. They have been without power since Hurricane Ida moved through the area on Sunday evening.

The students have been in Louisiana for less than a month as classes started on August 9th. The news of an approaching hurricane was particularly frightening and daunting for the girls. “I was very afraid as we don’t have hurricanes in Spain,” said Nuria. “We put our clothes and belongings into bags and left our instruments in the music school as we didn’t want them to be damaged.”

Hurricane Ida caused loss of power in Hammond along with many other communities in the region. “The power went out about 6 PM on Sunday. We prepared for the worst and stayed in our apartment once the storm began,” said Alicia.

The girls were among the first people to greet Captain Dante Salgado and his crew once the mobile kitchen was in position. “We had just started to set up and they asked if there was anything they could do to help,” said Salgado. “In no time at all they were behind the serving table passing out hot dog plates and water to the line of cars. They took over the entire operation!”

After more than two hours serving grateful individuals and families from the community, the last plate was served. “We were very sad in our apartment this morning and came out today to find some help for ourselves,” said Nuria. “After meeting up with The Salvation Army team it was so nice to help other people in the same position as us, without power, and struggling.”

“We prepared for the storm as best we could. Other than losing power we are fine,” said Alicia. “It was good to get out of the apartment and I enjoyed helping today.”

The team served 1,748 meals in Hammond on Tuesday, enjoying great support from the community and local law enforcement. The Pasadena mobile kitchen will continue service in Hammond on Wednesday, while 10 additional units from Texas will work in other impacted communities. Seven additional units arrived on Tuesday evening from The Salvation Army in Oklahoma Arkansas to support response efforts.

Paula said, “I was feeling very homesick this morning, missing my family and my boyfriend. I like it here, but my English is not great, so sometimes it can be very difficult and discouraging. It was hot and hard work, but it felt good to help. There were so many people! I’m hoping we can come back and help The Salvation Army again tomorrow.”

 

 

Salvation Army Units From Across the Southeast Responding to Hurricane Ida

Jackson, MS (August 30, 2021) — Exactly sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina’s massive destruction, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a major hurricane in Louisiana on Sunday. With widespread power outages across the region, providing food, water, and other essential items to those in affected areas is crucial, and The Salvation Army is already helping in affected areas with more help on the way. Salvation Army disaster response units from locations throughout the Southeast are already en route to Louisiana to assist with relief efforts.

Salvation Army Emergency Incident Command Teams from Texas and Florida are joining with The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi (ALM) Division Incident Command Team to serve across the affected areas of Louisiana. Canteens and crews are coming from all over the Southeast to assist. The Texas team arrived in Baton Rouge today. The ALM team will be arriving in New Orleans tomorrow, and the Florida team will be serving in the Southern Louisiana area.

“The Salvation Army stays prepared year-round to respond to disasters as they strike. We are often the first on the scene and the last to leave because these are our communities — where we live, work, and serve every day. We greatly appreciate the strong network of support available through our Salvation Army family throughout the country. They never hesitate to support us when extra help is needed for a large disaster event such as Hurricane Ida,” said William Trueblood, Salvation Army ALM Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director.

To support Hurricane Ida relief efforts, please go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations to support disaster relief.

For the latest information, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/SalArmyALM/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

Salvation Army Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Ida Along the Gulf Coast

Jackson, Mississippi (August 29, 2021) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi (ALM) are closely monitoring and preparing for response to Hurricane Ida, forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane along the Gulf Coast later today. Salvation Army EDS teams in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and several other southern states are mobilizing personnel and units in anticipation of immediate response.

“We are working with Salvation Army teams from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, and Georgia to support our relief efforts following the arrival Hurricane Ida across the affected areas,” said William Trueblood, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. “We are looking at having three separate manned feeding sites providing food for more than thirty canteens which will serve multiple hard-hit areas throughout the region as needed. A Texas Incident Managemnet Team (IMAT) is pre-staging in Beaumont, TX, and a Florida IMAT team is prestaging in Pensacola. The ALM IMAT team is meeting in Jackson and heading into New Orleans after the storm passes. We are currenty planning to have the IMAT teams set up and serving from Gonzales, New Orleans, and Biloxi, but these locations are subject to change depending on the outcome of the storm’s path.”

The Salvation Army EDS staff and volunteers are constantly ready to respond, often with very little notice, to provide support and assistance during times of disaster.

To support Hurricane Ida relief efforts, please go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations to support disaster relief.

For the latest information, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/SalArmyALM/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

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