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.