JACKSON, MS (March 10, 2016) – With continued flooding across North Louisiana, The Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana Emergency Disaster Services Division of The Salvation Army is coordinating disaster relief efforts with local Army representatives in Mississippi and Louisiana. Staff and supplies from The Jackson, Mississippi Corps is being deployed to Monroe, Louisiana, Friday morning to assist with shelter and mobile feeding operations. Support includes six staff and volunteers, one mobile canteen and one supply truck loaded with water, clean-up kits, food and other essential supplies.
According to Monroe Corps officer, Captain August Pillsbury there are six shelters currently open with approximately 550 occupants, as of Thursday afternoon.
“We will support feeding at the shelters as requested. There are also residents out in the community as well as first responders who are helping those in need, and we want to be there for them as well,” said Captain Pillsbury.
In Shreveport, flooding, has warranted evacuation of as many as 3,500 families resulting in shelters opening in both Shreveport and Bossier City. The Shreveport Corps of the Salvation Army is tasked with feeding the flood evacuees in the shelters. The Corps is also roaming through affected communities with a mobile canteen providing snacks and hydration to residents and emergency responders.
“We are responding to needs as they arise, while preparing to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in the weeks ahead,” says Major Ed Binnix, commander of the Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana. “Our canteen will be out in the neighborhoods during recovery with assistance which will include food, hydration and Salvation Army cleanup kits.”
As rain moves east, local Salvation Army Corps in the Mississippi Delta are also preparing to respond to residents who may need to leave their homes before the flood waters rise. The Greenville, Mississippi Corps is providing food and snacks to shelter occupants located at the Washington County Convention Center in Greenville until further notice. “We are available to assist wherever we are needed to bring some comfort to the citizens of Greenville,” said Lieutenant Damon Graham, Greenville, MS Corps Officer.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by these storms to please give monetarily through http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/march2016floods
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